Nissan Introduces in the US Battery Replacement Program for the LEAF image

Nissan introduced a $100-a-month battery replacement option for all the Leaf owners in the US.

The $100-a-month battery replacement option calls for Leaf owners to get a new or upgrade the existing battery once the vehicle’s battery capacity falls under 70% of initial input. Nissan has already implemented this plan in Europe, similar to its rivals such as Tesla, who said last week that it will make an investment between $50 million and $100 million to develop a battery replacement network.

Nissan will start its battery replacement plan in the US in the first half of 2014, three years after the first Leaf hit the US market. But since all new Leafs have a five-year or 60,000 mile battery warranty for capacity loss, the automaker does not expects many owners to sign for the program, not until the warranty will expire.

The automaker also offers an 8-year or 100,000 mile warranty on defects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that the 2012 Leaf has a full charge range of 73 miles, while a 2013 Leaf reaches 83 miles on a single charge. From the beginning of the year Nissan sold 7,614 Leafs, an increase of almost 200% compared with the first months of 2011.

Source: Reuters