Nissan will replace your Leaf’s battery with a warranty under a certain percentage

With the push toward more environmentally friendly electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf, many of us here in the United States realize we’ll have to make the switch sooner or later. As with anything new, there’s not just a learning curve, but several worries that linger uncomfortably in the back of our minds. What happens if you can’t get to a fast-charging station before your state of charge reaches zero? How long will it take to charge your EV once you find a charging station?

Are you struggling with these thoughts? You’re not alone. Let’s talk about the anxieties people have around electric vehicles and what an automaker is doing about them.

Common fears of electric vehicles

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Most of us tend to stick with the familiar. This is especially true when it comes to a large investment like a vehicle. In addition to concerns about the availability of charging stations and all-electric ranges, there are concerns about batteries. What happens when the battery ages? Once the battery fails, is the whole vehicle finished? Are there warranties to cover batteries as we move closer to the age of electric cars?

Think about the associated costs we have with a gasoline vehicle. Kelley Blue Book points out that there are routine maintenance services that we pay for, such as oil changes, tire alignment and rotation. Belts, brake pads and sometimes rotors wear out and need to be replaced.

New vehicle warranties cover many necessary repairs for a limited time at the start of ownership. They usually don’t cover routine maintenance, and as the vehicle ages there is more risk of wear and tear. If a defective part falls under warranty, the automaker replaces the part and covers the cost. Once the warranty expires, the costs are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

Is there warranty coverage for EV batteries?

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In a combustion engine vehicle, the engine and transmission are among the most expensive components to replace. In electric vehicles, it’s the battery. Many of those considering buying an EV for their next vehicle might wonder if a warranty covers the battery. How long do the batteries last?

For the Nissan Leaf, which has been around since 2011, there’s an eight-year and/or 100,000-mile battery warranty. When you consider that you only get a five-year warranty for Ram truck engines, that sounds pretty good.

Battery degradation must also be considered. Any electric vehicle will lose the range available during its ownership. According to Recurrent, a 2015 Nissan Leaf had an 84-mile range that would decrease over time. It has a much shorter lifespan than a battery today, with a range of over 300 miles.

If the Nissan Leaf’s battery capacity drops below 75%, Nissan will replace it. The battery has an estimated cost of around $4,500. According to Nissan user forums, replacing a 24kWh battery costs around $5,500, including labor costs.

The 2022 Nissan Leaf battery warranty

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The Nissan Leaf has proven that there is a market for electric vehicles. Now in its second generation, the 2022 Nissan Leaf starts at a lower price than its 2021 models, according to Edmunds. The automaker has also increased the amount of content on the lower two trims as an added incentive.

The base model has last year’s portable charging cable standard. SV Plus models now come with the SV Technology package, which was an available option the year before.

The Leaf doesn’t have the racy appeal of the Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla’s Model 3. Nor does it have the autonomy of these offers. However, its compact size makes it ideal for navigating around cities.

For the 2022 model year, it has a standard Level 3 fast-charging port, although this may not be supported at all public charging stations. It also has plenty of attractive standard driver assistance features.

The 2022 Nissan Leaf starts at $27,400 for excellent value. The eight-year battery warranty makes it an even more attractive choice.

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