Nissan Sets Replacement Cost Of 24 kWh LEAF Battery At $5,499


When electric cars first appeared on the scene circa 2010, lots of people asked, “How much does it cost to replace the battery?” Now Nissan has given a definitive answer to that question. If you own a 2011 to 2015 Nissan LEAF, replacing the battery will cost you exactly $5,499, plus installation, which the company estimates will take about 3 hours.  Owners of 2011 and 2012 cars must also add $225 for a special adapter kit to retrofit the new battery to their cars.

Nissan LEAF

Hey, that’s not too bad, is it? After all, take your Belchfire 5000 to your local dealer and ask them how much it will cost to replace the internal combustion engine if if throws a rod and pukes oil all over itself. You would be lucky to get a new engine for a paltry $5,500.

There are a couple of stipulations you should be aware of. First, you must own the car that is having the battery replaced. Second, if you have a loan outstanding on the car, you will need to get the lender’s approval for the swap. Three, the original battery goes back to Nissan for recycling or use in a grid storage system. You can’t keep it and use it as a coffee table in your living room. Nissan assigns the old battery a value of $1,000.

You can finance the purchase of the new battery through Nissan if you wish. The company says to figure on a monthly payment of around $100. Once the new battery is paid for, you own it. It is not a lease or a rental arrangement. The replacement battery will have the benefit of all the latest improvements, including cooling upgrades. The new battery is what Nissan calls its “lizard battery.” meaning it is not as susceptible to early degradation if used in a hot climate.

The warranty on the new battery is the same as it is in a brand new LEAF — 8 years/100,000 miles against defects and 5 years/60,000 miles against capacity loss. “These replacement batteries are the same battery found in 2015 LEAF vehicles, which are also on sale now at Nissan dealers. As a replacement, this battery is expected to provide similar range and charging characteristics as the battery offered since the launch of the LEAF in 2010,” Nissan says.

Source: Nissan  Hat Tip: Leif Hansen

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  • Kompani

    Seems reasonable, how does it compare to other manufacturers such as Tesla?

    • bioburner

      Tesla, GM and BMW use active cooling. Nissan does not so don’t expect the low price pointed battery in the Nissan to be as durable as the “other manufacturers”

  • Antony Berretti

    What is important to take from this is, that in the future replacement batteries will be cheaper than replacing the vehicle and make the second hand market a better place to trade in than present.

  • David Sylvestre

    That’s old news. It was known 3 years ago. What about the 30 kWh and 40 kWh batteries?

  • kevin mccune

    Thats insane, all that money and the only upgrade is a little better cooling,I imagine you can go get a pretty good used Versa for that money and not have to have the sub 100 mile range anxiety to cope with,I am beginning to think all the manufacturers are in bed with big oil( for petes sake you cannot keep the old battery for reuse yourself? ) Don’t imagine there is one of those things in my future.

    • What The

      I don’t have the “anxiety” that you and every other non-Leaf owners talk about. Also, go and drive a Versa for a day then a Leaf, and tell us which of the two you prefer. I put 1,900 miles a month on mine and it suits my needs.

      • kevin mccune

        Suit yourself, so you have probably charged over 20 times a month( personally I don’t have range anxiety, what gives me range anxiety are nuts that drive down an 8 lane highway with the low fuel light on.I expect for at least half the price( didnt need subsidies to buy a Versa( wow over 4 times the range of the first Leaf) I tell you what a car like the leaf is hard to make work around here ,its usually over 50 miles to go shopping.I have a friend with a leaf works pretty good for Her( she is only 35 miles from town and also relies on the Towns car dealers charger (as far as I know there are no other free chargers in this town{ or even charge for a fee}) You could get in trouble pretty quick around here. with a car that has the range of a leaf .

  • Oscar

    I want to use my battery for my solar, thank you. Also, if I don’t get at least 30kwh, FORGET IT! May as well grab a salvage battery for $2k and slap it in there.