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2011 Nissan Leaf Battery Capacity Loss: Nissan Responds

Just under a month ago, we reported a few cases in which owners of 2011 Nissan Leafs had noticed the first of twelve lights on their car’s battery capacity gauge had switched off, indicating a marked deterioration in battery capacity after just one year.

Now Nissan has released an official statement about cases in which it affirms its belief that the Leaf’s 24-kilowatt hour battery pack will have a long and useful life.

In short it says, there is nothing to worry about.

Lost capacity

A twelve-bar gauge to the right of the battery charge indicator, the battery capacity gauge is designed to give an at-a-glance indication of battery capacity and health.

As time passes and the battery ages, its ability to hold charge diminishes, meaning each full charge results in a slightly reduced range compared to when the car was new.

With time, the capacity gauge slowly drops, representing that drop in capacity.

When we originally reported the story, the affected cars — all in Arizona — experienced the loss of the first battery capacity gauge between 13,633 miles and 17,000 miles.
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