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Most Nissan LEAF Owners Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement Batteries

Nissan North America in June launched its LEAF battery replacement program, designed to give owners of high-mileage LEAFs a way to ensure that their car’s battery pack retains at least 70 percent of its original capacity, even if no longer under warranty. But most LEAF owners—57 percent to be exact—don’t like the deal, according to a recent survey on a popular LEAF owners online forum.

Nissan’s Battery Replacement Program is essentially an ongoing battery lease, to the tune of $100 a month. The poll started a month ago on the MyNissanLEAF forum asked drivers this question: What is your reaction to the $100 a month replacement battery pack program?
Overwhelming Majority

Of the 188 votes cast at the time of writing, only four percent—that’s seven drivers—said that they were happy with Nissan’s proposed deal. Sixteen percent said they liked the idea of renting a replacement pack, but wanted to know more before committing to it, while 18 percent said they would rent only if Nissan gave them an exit price—essentially a way to buy the pack after a set period of rental.

The overwhelming majority however, felt that Nissan’s proposed battery rental scheme wasn’t acceptable, with 107 respondents indicating they wanted an option to buy a replacement pack instead of renting one.
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