More and more owners of Nissan Leaf complain about their car’s ability to retain power, but the company shows no concern over the matter.
The company declared last week that over five years the Leaf battery is expected to retain 80% of its capacity, at which point the battery needs management but not replacement. But this contradicts what some owners in Arizona have declared. They said that after only one year of driving the battery does not retain power at 100% of its capacity.
Nissan doesn’t seem to be concerned of this issue and says that these cases are isolated compared to the overall number of Leaf customers. Although this is true, it cannot be neglected that there are customers who are not satisfied with the battery’s charging capacities. The company maintains its original statement about the battery’s five-year retention.
Given the fussy history of this vehicle and the skepticism that surrounds it, any issue concerning the quality of this car should be handled quickly and quietly. Once people start to believe that Nissan sells cars with unreliable batteries, it would only mean a disaster for the Leaf and probably EVs’ sales across the board. Just think about how long it took to settle down rumors about the Fisker Karma, and before that the Chevy Volt.