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2013 Nissan Leaf Gets New Battery Warranty

  • New battery warranty covers charge loss.
  • Warranty good for five years or 60,000 miles.
  • Adds to existing warranty that covers defects.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf is gaining a new battery warranty that covers a gradual loss of charge. The latest warranty is meant to address complaints from Leaf owners in hot-weather states that battery life is lacking.

Under the new warranty, Nissan will repair or replace a Leaf’s battery within five years or 60,000 miles if it loses more than 30 percent of its charge capacity. For Leaf owners, that means the warranty kicks in if the 12-bar battery gauge falls under nine bars. The new warranty is the second for the Leaf’s batteries; the first covers defects and flaws for up to eight years or 100,000 miles.

But even with the new warranty, Nissan says the fix may only restore a diminished battery’s capacity to nine bars. That’s because batteries aren’t designed to last forever, and some loss of capacity is to be expected.

"The intent of this warranty is to provide consumers with confidence that despite this normal battery capacity loss, they will be assured of a minimum level of capacity throughout the warranty period," said Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president.

While the new warranty is good news for shoppers considering the 2013 Nissan Leaf, it also benefits today’s Leaf owners. That’s because Nissan says it will extend the warranty to 2011 and 2012 Leaf models, helping those with batteries that are already losing charge.

That’s certainly the case for some southwestern Leaf owners who have noticed a loss of battery capacity. Several have filed a class-action lawsuit against Nissan. They allege hot weather causes the Leaf to suffer "widespread, severe and premature loss of driving range, battery capacity and battery life." The lawsuit also says Nissan should’ve disclosed issues with hot weather and the Leaf’s batteries.

On sale since December 2010, the Leaf is among the first fully-electric cars in the U.S. That means batteries take the place of a traditional gas engine. Nissan says the 2013 Leaf goes on sale shortly, with prices starting around $29,000 for a new base model variant.

What it means to you: The Leaf’s latest battery warranty is good news whether you’re looking new or used, and even if you already have one.

What do you think of the Warranty Nissan is offering? Let us know in the comments below. 

 
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Have 2013 Leaf.  Commuter in San Diego.  Always garaged at night.  As soon as we went past 5 yr mark, range dropped to 8 bars.  Now out of warranty and only have 40k miles on the car.  ugh. 

  2. I have a similar story with a 2013 Leaf that has taught me a valuable lesson about Nissan and Leafs. Never, EVER purchase one of their cars. If you want a Leaf, lease it. I’m stuck with a six year old car, 55% battery capacity and 0% sympathy from Nissan. They did offer to replace the battery for $8600 plus labor. Having said all that, I love the car. It’s perhaps my most favorite car of all time. It’s a travesty that there’s no means to reasonably service borderline defective batteries after eight years of production. This will have to be resolved if anyone has hopes of EVs taking root with the general public. 

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