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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Nissan starts Leaf battery replacement program


It looks like customers of the old Nissan Leaf, will soon be able to buy refurbished battery packs. Over the years its normal for the capacity of a battery pack to degrade with use, but a new battery would cost you more than half of the cars original price. Japan has finally found a solution and they will begin to sell refurbished packs at a discounted rate to customers. Starting in May, Nissan will offer a 24kWh battery pack for 300,00 yen ($2,850). In comparison, a new 24kWh pack costs 650,00 yen ($6,200). While this is only being offered in Japan at the moment, I'm sure we can expect to see a similar program introduced in other parts of the world.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 10:03 AM
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Glad to see that Nissan is putting some recycling initiatives into place for Leaf owners. With how many units they sold of the previous generation, I'm sure there will be plenty of customers looking to replace their worn down batteries.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2018, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not entirely sure what the deterioration rate is for batteries on the first gen Leaf. But seeing as how the original model released in 2010, I'm sure that current owners have experienced a hit to battery life. This is a great way to breathe new life into outdated ev models.
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A new study that just released, shows that some of the batteries offered in the Leaf, degrade at much higher rate than expected. Not sure why this problem seems to be exclusive to the 30kWh pack, but hopefully Nissan can address the problem.
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Batteries degrade over time, and I don't know if that problem can be addressed with engineering. Most automakers, including Nissan offer pretty substantial battery warranties, so there shouldn't be any concerns for potential owners.
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As long as the cost for replacement falls to the manufacturer, then I see no issue with the batteries wearing down over time. I am a little curious if whether or not this rate is increased for those who live in places with harsh winters.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-05-2018, 11:11 AM
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So Nissan replaces the cells that lost the most capacity with new ones and that's how they refurbish them, or so I gather. Pretty good idea if they can add the first refurbished battery change into their battery capacity warranty.
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Yeah I'm a little curious as to how exactly they go about recharging these batter packs, and if they share the same sort of efficiency as what's found in a brand new model. Seeing as how degradation doesn't seem to start until after 2 years, this isn't something that new owners need to worry about right away.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 04:49 AM
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I assume they won't last as long, that's why they're cheaper than a new battery pack because they degrade at different rates now. I suppose it's a good deal if you don't plant to keep the refurbished one for too long.
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