Nissan: LEAF Rapidgate Tapering Is a “Safeguard”

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A few weeks ago, an informal ‘race’ in the UK ( highlighted that there appeared to be an issue with Nissan’s brand-new 2018 LEAF and consecutive rapid charging sessions. Quickly coined “Rapidgate” the issue received some significant attention, with Nissan saying at the time stating that it would work with owners of affected vehicles to understand what was causing brand-new LEAFs to dramatically drop rapid charging speed when charging for two or more times on a long-distance trip.

Today (as read out in our live hangout earlier discussing the topic – ) we received an official statement   from Nissan which read: “The 2018 Nissan LEAF has charging safeguards to protect the battery during repeated fast charging sessions in a short period of time. While the safeguards may increase charging times after multiple fast charging sessions, they are important to maintaining battery life over an extended time period.”

Which leads to the following question: should you buy a 2018 Nissan LEAF?

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