Prices confirmed for a replacement battery for the Nissan Leaf
8 December 2014

Owners of the Nissan Leaf can buy a replacement battery for £4,920, Nissan UK has confirmed. 

The scheme, including a £1,000 cashback for their old battery, is aimed to provide Leaf owners with clarity on what would happen to their battery should it fail outside Nissan’s five-year, 60,000-mile warranty against battery capacity failure.

Paul O’Neill, EV manager for Nissan Motor GB, said "Nissan expects the majority of Leaf drivers will never need to replace their battery. The fact we have only replaced three batteries out of 30,000 Leafs sold across Europe since launch supports this.

"We are extremely confident in the longevity of our battery technology, but we are pleased to be able to provide further assurances to the growing community of Leaf drivers in the UK and dispel myths around battery pricing," he said. 

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8 December 2014
A 5k bill on a car barely worth twice that (after 5 years) is another crackerjack scheme from the weird world of milk floats.


8 December 2014
Agreed Norma!
Could it be that only 3 owners have changed batteries because until now there wasn't a price for the battery pack.....and even so , unaffordable?
Better to scrap the car or trade in.....if you can find anyone to buy it for stock.
You can buy a lot of servicing for £5k

8 December 2014
There's probably a market for a diesel engine conversion for the Leaf (or is it Leafe?). Oh wait, there's no gearbox, fuel tank or any other essential bits. Better write it off then and buy a new car.
On a more serious note it will be interesting to see if electric car batteries last as long as they do in hybrids, whose batteries I believe are carefully regulated at between around 40 and 80% charge to prolong life, thereby only using 40% of the battery capacity. Pure electric cars will not have this luxury, where every kilowatt hour of energy is needed.

8 December 2014
Do people have trouble reading today. Just because the warranty is 5 years it doesn't mean the battery will expire then, The BMW warranty is 3 years and I bet a diesel costs alot more than £4900 to replace. As to Diesel conversion is that a joke especially as BMW seem to be putting the plug-in in their cars


Hydrogen cars just went POP


8 December 2014
for the old battery. Any chemists that can comment of what a dud battery is worth?

8 December 2014
"Nissan expects the majority of Leaf drivers will never need to replace their battery. The fact we have only replaced three batteries out of 30,000 Leafs sold across Europe since launch supports this.We are extremely confident in the longevity of our battery technology"

So if they're that confident in the technology and sure that hardly anyone will need to replace the battery then why don't they just put a massive warranty on them, say 100k miles and 10 years, or subsidise the price of the battery so that it only costs say £1000?

I'm sure a lot of people are put off by the cost of replacement batteries and the associated depreciation cliff that a 4 - 5 year old Leafe is likely to fall off. Giving a long warranty on the batteries would increase the number of sales, potentially allow for a small increase in initial purchase price (Although they are already overpriced) and prevent excessive depreciation. Overall I'm sure Nissan could actually make more money than it costs to offer the warranty.

8 December 2014
What a great time to announce it - just as pump prices are plummeting. At a stroke the whole justification for buying an electric car has been blown out of the water. Or a second-hand one at least. Come to that, a new one as well. Even half way through the 5 year warranty, the dreaded bill for a new battery pack will be looming on the mind of the existing OR any prospective owner. Trade in values will take right old kicking, imagine the face of a retiree taking it in for a valuation after 4 years of self-satisfying, haven't-I-been-good, green ownership, only to be told his or hers recycling bin would be a better prospect. You can buy an awful lot of petrol or diesel for £4920, AND you don't need counselling after suffering years of range anxiety.

8 December 2014
Those with good memories will remember that Nissan had a serious problem with their 1.5dci engines in the Qashqai, something that was mentioned in Autocar. Didn't Nissan eventually submit a recall notice on the timing belt? Problem was timing belts were snapping prematurely, well before the 5yr or 60k change intervals. Engines were wrecked when the timing belt snapped and as I recall, one person was left waiting on Nissan deciding whether or not they'd contribute to a £5900 engine replacement. That figure ties in perfectly with their battery replacement cost. Co-incidence? Those alarmed at the price of a new battery seem to forget that engines can fail as well. Anyway, that's beside the point, there's a thousand other reasons why you shouldn't buy a Leaf.

8 December 2014
If it costs £50 to go 500 miles in a conventional car, then it will cost £6000 to go 60,000 miles. Given the minimal costs of charging (Nissan quotes 2p a mile which over 60,000 miles works out at £1200) costs could still work out in the Leaf drivers favour. I cant see why a Leaf would be worth much less than an 80k miles turbo diesel equivalent with a fresh battery pack. That diesel will likely need a whole host on new ancillaries turbo, dpf, plugs etc. Didn't Nissan also replace the battery pack for free if you lease the pack from them? Still it would need other incentives to lift it clear. Free congestion charging in London (Saving around £2.6k a year if you commute in by car) and road tax is a start, but they should also get free parking in council bays etc. It really makes sense to take pollution out of major population centers. Electric and Hydrogen cars are the only way to achieve this.

8 December 2014
Surely the only reason to buy an electric car is if you go into the congestion zone everyday. Then you suddenly save £2990 a year. Add that to the saving in fuel prices then suddenly it starts to add up. If you dont then i dont see how anyone can make it seem worth wild unless i guess it was a company car.


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