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Nissan Expanding Warranty on Leaf Batteries

Maker aims to improve “confidence” in electric vehicle’s long-term reliability.

by on Dec.28, 2012

Nissan hopes to overcome concerns about the long-term reliability of the Leaf's batteries.

Hoping to quell any concerns about the long-term reliability of its Leaf electric vehicle, Nissan will extend the warranty on the car to ensure customers that the Leaf’s batteries will be repaired or replace if they fall below a set level of performance.

The move will cover both new products and those Nissan has already sold since launching the battery-electric vehicle in late 2010. The extended warranty was triggered, in part, by concerns among a small group of owners in the Arizona desert who worried their batteries were losing capacity more quickly than anticipated.

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“Our research has shown the cars are where we’d expect them to be,” Dave Reuter, chief U.S. spokesman for Nissan told A certain amount of battery loss, he stressed, “is normal over time…but we want those battery car advocates to have more confidence in their batteries.”