For the past two years, Nissan has offered owners of its first-generation LEAF electric car (and the e-NV200 electric minivan, where sold) the opportunity to replace their car’s aging battery packs with a replacement unit. The price? In North America, $5,499 (including return of the old battery pack).
Identical in capacity to the battery which shipped with the car, the replacement service — and a more recent campaign to offer remanufactured battery packs at more than half the price of a new one — this battery replacement program seemed to give early LEAF owners a chance to keep their cars running without forcing them to buy a brand-new car. And while it wasn’t affordable for all, some owners did take Nissan up on its program.
But now it’s come to our attention that Nissan has quietly increased the price of its battery replacement program (http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=25882 ) placing the cost of replacing the battery pack well above the value of many of the cars which would need a new pack. (depending on whom you ask, our 2013 Nissan LEAF is valued somewhere in the $5-7,500 price range, making a battery swap now economically pointless)
Is this a ploy by Nissan to push its existing customers into a newer LEAF? Will this price hike backfire? And what’s the reason behind it?
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