Nissan Leaf Battery Can't Take Arizona Heat, Dealerships Knocking $5,000 Off Price
July 19, 2012 11:40 AM
comment(s) - last by
The problem is likely Nissan's air cooling system used for the Leaf's battery
The Nissan Leaf is a top player in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, but one major issue that sometimes plagues these vehicles is the battery -- and the Leaf's battey seems to be taking a lot of heat.
Leaf owners in Arizona have recently complained that their EVs are losing significant capacity in the desert's hot heat. In fact, Arizona Leaf drivers Scott Yarosh and Mason Convey have both testified to this claim.
"When I first purchased the vehicle, I could drive to and from work on a single charge, approximately 90 miles round trip," said Yarosh. "[Now] I can drive approximately 44 miles on this without having to stop and charge."
Both owners said they've lost about 30 percent of
their battery capacity
since purchasing their vehicles. Even when their batteries are fully charged, two to three of the 12 lights on their battery capacity gauge are out.
Both owners are very meticulous about how they care for their Leafs. There is absolutely no sign of abuse, as both were able to produce dealership service records with high marks.
"We want to learn more about what's going on, but it's something we've just been made aware of, and we don't have any conclusions yet," said Perry.
The problem is likely Nissan's air cooling system used for the Leaf's battery.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
even predicted that Nissan's cooling system would fail the Leaf at some point back in August of 2010.
Musk said that Nissan's Leaf employed a cheaper air cooling system that would make its battery temperatures jump
"all over the place," where cold temperatures would degrade the battery while hot temperatures would shut it down. Tesla, on the other hand, uses a high-end liquid heating/cooling thermal management solution.
But for those who are still avid Leaf fans, there's great news if you live in California or Washington. Dealerships in these two states are cutting about $5,000 off the price tag for a new 2012 Nissan Leaf. The MSRP is usually $37,250, but with the $7,500 federal tax credit, the $2,500 California clean-vehicle purchase rebate, and now the additional $5,000 off, the price for a brand-new 2012 Leaf is only about $23,000.
Green Car Reports
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*
7/19/2012 2:54:39 PM
I don't need that ICE though and would rather not pay for it.
I have a Leaf now and my mom, who's older now, is looking forward to buying it from me in a few years - she only drives around town. At that point it'll be interesting to see what BEV (battery electric vehicle (aka no ICE)) vehicles will be available:
Tesla S, X,, BluStar
Ford Focus, C-Max Energi
In the above list only the Leaf and, i beleive, the iMiev are air-cooled battery. They rest are liquid cooled which would help in hotter climates. Here in Colorado, all are equally feasable.
RE: *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*
7/19/2012 8:54:13 PM
While the Leaf's battery may hold up significantly better in less hot regions, it's important to remember the real problem reported here is that the Leaf's battery is losing more than -15%- of its rated capacity in under a year of use.
If the same trend continues for these regions, the Battery pack would have less than 50% of its capacity left after 5 years and only 27% at the end of 8 years.
The other regions (Outside Arizona, Texas, etc), while not having significant numbers of capacity loss report yet,
be experiencing capacity loss faster than expected. Since the Leaf doesn't indicate the capacity loss until it hits
you as an owner would not know for sure unless you carefully track daily mileage predictions versus energy expenditure.
Nissan predicted a linear adjusted loss rate of ~5% per year. You may be losing 8% per year and not be informed for 2+ years, but the difference between 5% per year and 8% per year is fairly significant. In the 5% per year senario it takes 8 years to pass a 50 mile range. At 8%, you pass the 50 mile range at 5 years.
All in all, I would be very concerned if I was a Leaf owner. 15%+ is a very significant loss and creates reasonable concern that any higher temperatures/low temperate situations will result in faster degradation than the 5% predicted by Nissan.
RE: *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*
7/19/2012 8:58:48 PM
Link for Capacity Indicators.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
Tesla CEO Calls Nissan's Leaf Battery Tech "Primitive", Boasts About Model S
August 9, 2010, 10:30 AM
Nissan to Increase Battery Production to Meet Demand for Leaf
June 15, 2010, 12:03 PM
Quick Note: Kia Soul EV Priced from $33,700
September 11, 2014, 5:32 PM
Production Infiniti LE Electric Sedan Leaked in Patent Drawings
September 9, 2014, 10:32 AM
"Decepticon" Driver Triumphs Over Cops in Massachusetts Court
September 5, 2014, 12:07 PM
Tesla Motors Confirms Nevada Gigafactory Deal, Will Receive $1.25B in Tax Breaks
September 4, 2014, 8:24 PM
Mazda Unveils the 2016 MX-5 Miata, Drops 220 Pounds and 3" in Length
September 3, 2014, 8:59 PM
Report: Tesla Has Selected Nevada for Its Massive Gigafactory Complex
September 3, 2014, 8:07 PM
Most Popular Articles
Apple Announces 4.7" iPhone 6, 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus
September 9, 2014, 1:45 PM
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
Appalling Negligence: Decade-Old Windows XPe Holes Led to Home Depot Hack
September 8, 2014, 8:58 PM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
HTC Preps Nexus 9 With Nvidia K1 64-Bit "Denver" SoC, Android L Onboard
September 10, 2014, 10:21 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information