Originally posted on CleanTechnica
One of the “boogeymen” that anti-EV idiots like to mention is the high cost of replacing a broken battery. It’s true, EV batteries aren’t cheap; a replacement pack for the Nissan LEAF costs $5,500 plus the old battery. But do LEAF batteries fail frequently? New data shows that out of 35,000 Nissan LEAF sales in Europe, just 0.01%, or 3 units total, have failed.
Now obviously there are some caveats to take with this news. For one, the 35,000 LEAF sales are spread out over five years…some of those cars may be five years old, but some are less than 5 months old. Furthermore, the battery, while expensive, is but one component of the LEAF EV. That said, the rest of the electric drivetrain is pretty dang simple, with the motor having just a handful of moving parts.
“The facts speak for themselves. The rate of battery faults in our vehicles is negligible, even the most ardent critic cannot argue with that,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of EVs for Nissan Europe. “The battery technology is just part of our success story. With over 165,000 customers globally, it’s clear that we’re not the only people who are thrilled by the success of this state-of-the-art technology.”
There also aren’t any oil or transmission fluid changes to worry about, which Nissan claims lowers maintenance costs by some 40% compared to conventional cars. Furthermore, Nissan provides a, 8-year 100,000 mile/160,000 km battery warranty. For the few power drivers that have already eclipsed the mileage warranty, Nissan also provides a battery replacement option for packs with less than 70% of their original capacity…provided the owner pays a small monthly fee for the insurance, as it were.
Can electric cars change what we know about vehicle reliability? Considering Nissan sold some 30,000 LEAFs in the U.S. alone last year, it seems like they already are.