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Tesla bricking update: can other electric vehicles suffer the same fate? Unlikely

Remember all the way back to Monday, when “bricking” your pricey electronic gadget simply meant you needed to get a new iPhone to try and jailbreak? The electric vehicle world is still dissecting the charges that surfaced yesterday that a Tesla Roadster could be bricked – i.e., made inoperable – if the battery gets worn down to zero, as there are new questions cropping up about the motive behind the original article by Michael Degusta. That story continues to evolve, with Degusta now claiming that it was Tesla that leaked the name of Roadster owner #340, Max Drucker, who was a business partner of Degusta’s and the source for some of the information in Degusta’s original post.

As we noted when the story broke, though, something this big – an expensive EV battery dying – is something we would have expected to have heard about the first time it happened, not with the fifth car (as it being claimed). After all, people have been driving plug-in vehicles for decades, and “bricking” has not been a major (or even minor) issue among people who know what they’re doing with an EV.

So we wanted to see if other EVs on the market might be susceptible to “bricking,” now that EVs are slowly entering the mainstream. The world’s most popular passenger EV, the Nissan Leaf, is apparently safe, as you can read after the jump.

Nissan’s official statement reads:

The Nissan LEAF lithium-ion battery pack is the world’s most advanced system and has been engineered to delivery outstanding, real-world performance for our customers. The Nissan LEAF battery pack will never discharge completely, thanks to an advanced battery management system designed to protect the battery from damage. One element of the battery management system is a failsafe wall that stops the battery from reaching zero state-of-charge, even after a period of unplugged storage. Globally, there are more than 22,000 LEAFs on the road that have driven more than 30 million miles, without any incidents.



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