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Prices confirmed for a replacement battery for the Nissan Leaf

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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Reasonable 8 December 2014

Missing the point

Electric cars are still in the early adopter stage. The people buying them aren't primarily trying to save money, or save the world, they are buying them because they want them. The leaf is a car that has the mechanical refinement and instant torque of a much more expensive car, in a package that is just usable enough to be worth a go. To find that the worst case repair cost is £5k is actually good news - there had been talk of much higher costs, but sales were still steadily building. Battery degradation doesn't seem to be an issue in our climate either - a warranty rate of 1 in 10000 is not bad at all for Nissan.
paddyb 8 December 2014

Most interesting comment from

Most interesting comment from JB (actual Leaf driver). The biggest challenge for Nissan is assuring consumers (and perhaps also people inside Nissan itself) that the batteries are as robust and long-living as they say they are. For a lot of people, if the batteries live for 100k miles plus, the decision would be a no-brainer. Even if they do cost £5k to replace, 100k miles = about £15k in fuel, compared to a fraction of that in electriity, and EVs are supposedly cheaper to service. And 5 years down the road, will the energy density of replacement batteries be greater, cost be lower? This is what Tesla claims. If Nissan can communicate that you can 'upgrade' your car after 5 to 10 years to one with a longer range, that's going to encourage sales.
superstevie 8 December 2014

So, 3 in 30000 (or 1 in

So, 3 in 30000 (or 1 in 10000) cars sold have needed a new battery. I wonder how this compared to other cars. Does anyone know how many Focus, Golfs or Astras need a new engine? I'm not against electric cars, just wondering if that is reliable compared to the average engine in a new car. As for the cost of the batteries, that sounds about right. Not all will need replacing after x amount of miles after all. Any engine in a car looses its efficiencies after a few years of use, batteries are no different