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USA: REPORT Nissan dealing with charges of Leaf battery problems in Arizona [w/video]

Some hot Arizona weather is cooling some Nissan Leaf owners’ enthusiasm for their electric vehicles.

Nissan is addressing complaints from five Arizona owners of Leafs who say the electric vehicles are losing battery capacity at a faster rate than advertised, reported KPHO, CBS’s Phoenix affiliate.

Mark Perry, Nissan’s director of product planning, told KPHO that the automaker is investigating complaints from drivers who say the region’s heat is draining the EVs’ battery capacity. One Arizona driver said his single-charge driving range is down to 44 miles from about 90 miles a year ago, while another says that three of the car’s 12 battery-capacity indicator lights are already out, according to KPHO. The forums at indicate similar complaints have been recorded in other parts of Arizona, Texas and California. A table of battery capacity losses is being kept online here. Nissan North America Director of Product Planning Mark Perry said in a recent video, “Heat is definitely not a friend of batteries. But I’m talking about severe 130-, 140-degree Fahrenheit kind of heat… Don’t park your Nissan Leaf – or any electric vehicle – where it’s going to be more than 120 or 130 degrees.” We contacted Nissan regarding the issue of reduced capacity in hot climes and received this response from spokesman John Schilling:
“We are aware of the handful of customers that are concerned; we are studying their individual situations and experiences.”


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