Nissan LEAF Battery Replacement Program Comes To Europe

DEC 8 2014 BY STATIK 5

£4,100* Will Net You A New Pack In The UK For Your Nissan LEAF and/or e-NV200

£4,920* Will Net You A New Pack In The UK For Your Nissan LEAF and/or e-NV200

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.

24 kWh Nissan Battery Packs Roll Down The Line In Sunderland, UK

24 kWh Nissan Battery Packs Roll Down The Line In Sunderland, UK

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.”

While adding:

 “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.”

A Nissan LEAF Module (1 of 48 in a pack) Will Set A LEAF Owner Back $114.50 In The US

A Nissan LEAF Module (1 of 48 in a pack) Will Set A LEAF Owner Back $114.50 In The US

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.”

Source: Nissan via Autocar & Auto Express

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5 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Battery Replacement Program Comes To Europe"

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ggpa

Did Nissan quietly switch to the Lizard battery for 2013 model year and only announced it recently?

I ask because in the USA there were problems with some 2011 and 2012 Leaf batteries. Is anybody aware of 2013 or 2014 Leafs that are losing capacity bars?

Al S

Any idea when the program will come to Canada?

@ggpa An Arizona owner with an early MY13 lost a bar after one Summer. However, most MY13s are faring much better than the ’11-’12s.

I am only down about 3% with a MY13, but low mileage (11,300 miles) and only about a half a summer. (Purchased August 2013 and did not drive much in Summer of 2014 due to purchase of a Tesla. Also a cool Canadian climate).

ggpa

Al

Thanks for the info. I think we should also bear in mind that the total number of 2013 Leafs sold is very high, more than 2011 and 2012 combined, and many of them have gone through 2 summers by now.

If the total failures stay in single digits, then that was a huge improvement indeed.

ModernMarvelFan

Indeed.

I am curious to know as the used LEAF will start to appear more in 1-2 years.

There were many studies conducted by people on 2011-2012 LEAF battery packs and they shows the temperature sensitive nature. But so far, I haven’t seen any similar studies on the 2013 and 2014 battery packs despite the claims by Nissan that they are better.

Priusmaniac

A bit strange to give prices for Europe and no € values while instead giving only a local UK currency. A bit like giving Canadian dollars for North America.