Since Nissan announced the price it would cost for a replacement battery for its Leaf vehicle, as expected this has raised a concern over its longevity. The thing is, these were the same concerns people had many years ago when the internal combustion engine was first finding its feet because at the time it was new technology, and no one knew how long it would last.
This is the very same issue today because while there have been some great advancements in battery technology, it’s still rather new in vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, and this is a reason why its replacement battery will cost £4,920, in the UK. To put that into perspective, that’s just £1,000 less than it would cost to buy a brand new Dacia Sandero.
Since Nissan made the announcement about how much it would cost to replace the battery in the Leaf outside the warranty period, there is a concern about how long it would actually last. However, let’s try and ease your minds and give this topic some perspective. Autocar was told by Paul O’Neill, the EV manager for Nissan UK that from the 30,000 Leaf’s sold only 3 have been replaced, which is a pretty good reliability rate.
Ok, so we still don’t know what these batteries will be like in 7 or 8 years time, although you cannot go into this blind. We all know electric vehicles are still new and that batteries only have a certain shelf life on the number of times they can be recharged, so don’t go thinking you can get 10 years out of them.
On a positive not, this does not seem to be putting off buyers, as Nissan has reported sales of the Leaf have turned a corner because there has been an increase, and so the future does look rather bright for this small EV, even with a price increase earlier in the year.