Nissan LEAF Battery Life

The Nissan LEAF, an electric car that can fit up to five passengers, is a compact with zero emissions that help to make it even better. This car has an 80 kW electric motor, and it uses a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. In terms of eco-friendliness, this car gets the job done, and it helps to conserve the environment while saving you money. With that said, how long can you expect the battery to last?

The Battery: What You Can Expect

How long the battery lasts will depend on a variety of factors that include:

  • The miles driven
  • Cold climates yield a longer battery life, but a shorter driving range
  • Driver's tolerance for battery degradation

Over time, you will see a gradual loss in capacity, but most people have said that this battery will last for up to 10 years. Nissan gives you an eight-year warranty on the battery or 100,000 miles, and this means that you can expect the battery to last for about 10 years before real problems will start to happen.

Nissan Definition of a Failed Battery

It's important to understand, the Nissan LEAF also has a set definition for what they consider as a failed battery. Understanding their definition ensures that you're both on the same page when it comes to battery failure. The Nissan warranty defines battery failure as having a battery that only has one to four bars out of a 12 bar capacity. You might be thinking that half the capacity classifies as battery failure, but you must acquaint yourself with the terms contained inside the warranty, or you may have to wait longer before you can take advantage of the warranty.

Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before

In some ways, electric vehicles are a new frontier that we haven't explored deeply enough, but you can't argue what the long-term benefits of it will look like on the environment and saving on gas. The Nissan LEAF is one of the top-selling vehicles in its class, and Nissan has been firmly established as a top-selling electric vehicle automaker.

The LEAF Battery Does Worse in Warm States?

Nissan LEAF Battery

Some of the hot states like Texas, Arizona and California all had reports of the battery dying before its time. Because of this, Nissan upgraded its warranty to help the customers who were having problems with it. The colder states tended to have a longer battery life, but the range was shorter. Why is this? The range shortens in colder climates because of the mobility of the electrons in the battery. Also important to note, gasoline cars don't do as well in cold weather either, but it's more pronounced with electric cars because the range is already much shorter.

What Does It Cost to Replace the Battery?

Depending on the year and the model of the vehicle, the cost range can be anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. This is without the warranty or the labor costs that go into it.

If you'd like to learn more about the new Nissan LEAF battery, why not visit our dealership? We'd love to help you whether you’d like to see the technology behind the LEAF or to take a test drive

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