Tesla Motors made a huge deal in the build-up to their Tesla Model S battery swap event, and so it came as no surprise to us that Nissan would try to take away some of that shine by sharing details on their Nissan Leaf battery swap program yesterday as well.
It’s clear that both companies have a different approach on their battery replacement programs, and the cost for replacement proves that. So which company has the better option, although it doesn’t matter because you will be pretty much stuck with each program?
Tesla Model S battery replacement cost – During yesterdays event, Tesla’s CEO said that the Model S was designed from the very start for its battery pack to be swapped out, and we finally got to see a demonstration of this. The price for this option is around $60 and can be swapped out faster than it takes you to fill your car up with gas.
However, if you wish to purchase your pack back, that will cost you another $60, or you can keep the pack you had swapped, although this fee has yet to be announced.
Nissan Leaf battery replacement cost – Like we said earlier, Nissan has a different approach, as you will need to sign-up to a replacement program, which will cost around $100 per month. Let’s say that your battery has now passed its warranty period, you can sign up to the new replacement program and the moment you begin payments you will receive a brand-new battery, with a complete charge. The advantage of this is it will be the latest version of the battery, complete with the latest technology.
You will then get an assurance from Nissan that the battery will stay above 9 bars, but if it does drop below then yours will either be repaired or replaced.
There you have it, two different approaches, but who has come up with the best battery swap program?
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