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Nissan upgrades US Leaf warranties, will 'restore' batteries that lose too much charge

Engadget -- Nissan has thrown down the warranty gauntlet to other EV makers by announcing it would be the first to "restore" battery capacity if a Leaf's full charge fell below 9 out of 12 "bars" within 5 years or 60k miles. The new clause was announced by VP Andy Palmer and will go into effect in spring of next year on all models, including those sold in 2011 and 2012. The company stressed it would only "repair or replace the battery under warranty with a new or remanufactured unit to restore capacity at or above a minimum of nine bars," and not a full charge -- saying a gradual, but not excessive loss of charge was normal. Nissan added that it'd look to improve the accuracy of the battery gauge, since the aforementioned bars on the dash were computer managed and not exactly scientific. (...)

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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:08:27 AM

Reposting since GB seems to start the new year with a hiccup again.. posted 8 postings and 12 prices and got 50 points!

at least they're addressing the issue before there's more trouble for the company.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:57:51 PM

at least they're addressing the issue before there's more trouble for the company.
Amplion
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 12:40:29 AM

Nissan needs to put those leaves in the debris bin before they loose their shirt. In the past Nissan has made some pretty good cars, Leaves will damage DATSUN/NISSAN previously good reputation !!!!!
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 12:23:50 AM

COOL
Ray_10589
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year



[Edited by: Ray_10589 at 12/30/2012 11:13:57 AM EST]
tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 5:13:00 AM

Nissan upgrades US Leaf warranties, will 'restore' batteries that lose too much charge? When your are offering what you are offering you (Nissan) have to offer more! A replacement, remanufactured or upgraded battery is better than a dead one that can't hold a charge. Whatever the battery is made of, make sure it has the highest possible electrical capacity (charge), longest possible vehicle range (extra capacity), quickest possible recharging time with the lightest battery weight possible for that EV or Inbred. It may not be Lead, NiCad, Lithium or some exotic material or mineral, just make sure the battery operates like it was designed.
EV's and Plug In Inbreds have a very long way to go before they will be the 'Norm.'
My vehicle was paid for many years ago and I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept and certainly NOT a Fiat, Prius, Tesla, Leaf, Volt or an NYC/ Hurricane Sandy Special 'exploding submarine' Fiskar Karma Inbred!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After.....
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 2:40:33 AM

Nice to see corporate response to customer concerns.
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 1:36:52 AM

nice ...
Bruno44
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:59:37 AM

Sounds good.
flyfast
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:12:50 AM

still will buy one
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:09:35 AM

give me gas powered every time
skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:09:13 AM

I have no desire to ever own A Nissan.
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:09:01 AM

...And I'm still not sold on EVs.
naspa
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:07:40 AM

Make Leaf drive 400 miles a charge and I'll buy one
DLgougewatcher
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:06:46 AM

Nissan = JUNK!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:06:36 AM

Better
UpSol7
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:06:06 AM

I like the " not exactly scientific " bit
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:05:21 AM

good luck with that
TFowler513
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:04:47 AM

Looks like their battery technologies have improved to the point that they are now willing to bank on changing their warranty coverage.
dundasgas
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:59:31 PM

good for them
SavALot
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:57:49 PM

The Leaf is more popular than you think
Dragnet
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:53:15 PM

They are doing whatever to capture more buyers. It's a dog eat dog world out there
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:45:17 PM

Sounds good, if the Leaf works for you go for it...
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:44:23 PM

good luck
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:41:50 PM

nice gesture
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:39:27 PM

It's a step up
mrbee
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:39:13 PM

Still do not want one.
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:37:38 PM

Oh no!
jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:37:00 PM


EVs are still not ready for prime time and battery capacity/reliability are the major reasons.
drz614
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:31:08 PM

ok
Jarol
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:25:45 PM

I don't even start to shop for a car until it has 60,000 miles so that is why I will never own an EV car.
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:25:42 PM

good business
Spirits
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:25:37 PM

Looks good on paper but not necessarily under the hood or where ever the batteries are
Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:24:33 PM

good
CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:20:41 PM

This is good news for those who have or will buy one; however, for me another reason not to buy an EV car.
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:09:24 PM

At least they're stepping up.
kirzon484
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:08:18 PM

not buying
marinedad1949
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:06:01 PM

Ok but I still don't want an EV.
mst150
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:55:37 PM

Thanks
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:53:37 PM

So what. Im not buying it.
tonoplast
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:53:00 PM

Good for them. But about that sticker price . . . ?
mstearno
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:50:06 PM

and defined by?
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:46:22 PM

Hey hey hey!
Dsin44
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:40:22 PM

Andy Palmer your a good man! hope shareholders feel the same after all those failures..
DancingDee
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:33:12 PM

They should!!!!!
TheeRedRam
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:29:01 PM

Hummmm progress
regasaz
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:22:25 PM

No interest in EV's at this household.
Lbro
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:20:55 PM

In the right direction!
bigLtowing
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:18:55 PM

good for them
geoutpb
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:16:55 PM

Nissan has been stepping up to fix problems.
Fluor1960
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:16:08 PM

technology headed in the right direction;however, the price and infrastructure is not quite there yet
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