Nissan LEAF Battery Replacement Program Comes To Europe
Five months ago we broke news in the United States that Nissan had made good on a promise to offer existing LEAF owners the option to buy a new battery replacement pack for their all-electric cars.
The cost of that program was $5,499 (plus labor), and the turn in of your old pack – which Nissan put a value of $1,000 on. Full details on the US program can be found here.
Now, the program has joined the US and Japan by expanding into the UK and all of Europe, as £4,920 (£4,100 + £820 in VAT tax) will net you a new pack in Europe for the LEAF, or the company’s all-electric van, the e-NV200. This program also includes the trade-in of a customers old pack valued at £1,000.
Paul O’Neill, who is the electric vehicle manager for Nissan in the UK expects the number of customers to take Nissan up on the offer will likely be small.
“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”
And like the US program, there is no option to buy a new pack at discounted rates without owning a LEAF, or turning in an old pack, as Nissan has said the program is a money-loser for the company.
Earlier this year Jeff Kuhlman, Nissan’s VP of Communications, made the following statement about the actual cost of manufacturing the batteries in regards to the cost of a full 24 kWh battery pack replacement:
“As you can imagine, we don’t share those figures for competitive reasons.” But he did elaborate when it came to the battery replacement program itself, “Nissan makes zero margin on the replacement program. In fact, we subvent every exchange.”
Like in America, replacement packs will be upgraded to the latest technology available from Nissan.
As part of that replacement, Brian Brockman (Sr Manager) from Nissan stated that the new packs in the replacement program that first kicked up this summer all have the new 2015 “lizard” battery, more able to take extreme heat.
“Changes in battery chemistry, however, have been made in an effort to make the battery more durable in extremely hot climates. (So, yes…this is what you’ve been calling the “lizard” battery.) We knew it was important to early buyers to purchase the latest technology. Holding the replacement program until this summer meant we would be offering just that.”