Nissan to Replace Degrading LEAF Batteries

Will also offer improved warranty on new 2013 model upon its U.S. release in the first quarter, as well as to 2011 and 2012 models.

Published: 02-Jan-2013

DETROIT -- Nissan said it will offer to replace some poorly performing batteries on its Leaf electric car and improve warranty coverage for the battery systems for its almost 20,000 U.S. owners.

The move comes as the Japanese automaker closes a year marked by disappointing sales and complaints by some U.S. customers about the Leaf's battery capacity.

Nissan will repair or replace lithium-ion batteries that have fallen under a specified capacity as well as expand the warranty on the battery to cover for lost capacity for the first five years or 60,000 miles, Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said in a post on an online owners' forum on Thursday.


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