G.E. WattStation Home Charger Blamed for Nissan Leaf Malfunction

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Owners of the Nissan Leaf that are using G.E.’s WattStation home charger should be cautious and discontinue using it to be on the safe side.

Several reports are confirming that the WattStation is the culprit for causing damage to the Leaf’s onboard charging system and G.E. Energy has issued out a statement that the company is working closely with the Japanese automaker to determine the cause of the issue. It appears that the issue doesn’t impact any other electric cars on the market, just the Nissan Leaf.

According to G.E., the charging issue has been “raised by 11 Nissan Leaf owners,” some of them which have spoken up on the Internet. One owner claims he used his WattStation six or seven times when one time he plugged it in again and “everything went off.” His local dealership concluded that the Leaf’s onboard charging system had malfunctioned.

It doesn’t seem to be a problem with all Leaf owners however, as many of them have said they have no issues with their WattStations. Either way, you should be cautious and aware of the potential problems that could arise.

[Source: New York Times]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • AutoGuide.com News Staff AutoGuide.com News Staff on Jul 15, 2012

    Interesting to hear of the potential new issues with electric cars.

  • Sean Gannon Sean Gannon on Jul 15, 2012

    Hi, this is Sean Gannon from GE. Since its launch in 2011, GEs WattStation Wall Mount has performed as designed, thousands of units have been shipped, and it has received positive reviews from EV drivers. Regarding the charging issue raised by Nissan Leaf owners who had GE WattStations, GEs current analysis does not indicate that the WattStation is the cause of the reported failures. GE has been actively working with Nissan to help determine the source of this issue. The GE WattStation has not encountered a similar issue with other brands of electric vehicles.