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Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Wed, 26 Jun 2019, 13:41
by jonescg
Hi all,
Elisa Millar from Nissan Australia called me to share this with our members - if your first Gen Leaf is showing signs of depleted range (SOH of 8 bars or less) it may be replaced with a new battery of 24 kWh for about $10k. You can't keep the old pack as part of the deal.
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Dear

Capacity of Lithium-ion batteries decrease with time a usage, which is a normal fact of battery technology. Nissan put in place a battery exchange program on April 1st for any customers of a series 1 LEAF where their Lithium-Ion battery no longer provided the owner with the capacity to support their driving range requirements.

This exchange program is only available to Nissan LEAF owners where:

1. The Nissan LEAF is an Australian delivered vehicle
2. The Lithium-Ion battery pack shows a State of Health of 8 bars or less
3. Only in exchange of a working Lithium-Ion battery pack
4. The replacement of the battery must be undertaken at a LEAF certified Nissan Dealer

As of the 1st of April 2019, the retail price of the Lithium-Ion battery pack is $9,990, plus the cost of fitment for this exchange. The removal and replacement time is capped at 5.8 hours.

Whilst the cost is above $10K after labour, it is a 24Kw battery and when you consider the costs of a home battery storage system of that capacity – it actually compares quite favourably.

Thanks,

Ben Warren ベン・ウォーレン
National Manager
Electrification and Mobility
Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Phone: 1800 035 035 (Customer enquiry line)
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Edit - I'm happy to direct folks to Nissan Australia for any battery replacement queries.

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Wed, 26 Jun 2019, 16:40
by Adverse Effects
at $10K they should be allowed to keep the old pack considering in japan there replacing them for under $3K

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 05:37
by Bryce
Re prices and keeping the battery pack: the cheaper Japanese packs are repackaged good cells from recycled Leaf packs - not new ones. (BTW: the Japanese pack is US$2600 plus fitting, which is around Au$4000, plus fitting). The Japanese second-hand packs are a change-over price.

New packs in the US are around US$6000-ish fitted (around Au$9000) so Au$10,000-ish fitted seems a fair price to me.

BTW: I'm not sure if the US price is change-over though.

Cheers
Bryce

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 05:53
by brendon_m
Bryce wrote:
Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 05:37
BTW: I'm not sure if the US price is change-over though.
I'd guess so. Nissan seems to have a strong desire to keep their packs out of the hands of us lowly commoners. I have heard of deals with 2nd life companies that buy the packs for home storage so there are probably contacts that force Nissan to reclaim the old ones

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 06:20
by francisco.shi
In Australia there isn't anyone currently recycling Lithium battery packs.
Also you are not allowed to export uncertified lithium batteries because of recent fires on container ships. That means that if you are not allowed to keep the pack in Australia it means Nissan is trying to keep the used packs out of the market.
The electronic recyclers will give you some money for the packs but at present they are storing them and hoping for the problem will somehow fix itself.

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 18:50
by dgh853
jonescg wrote:
Wed, 26 Jun 2019, 13:41
Whilst the cost is above $10K after labour, it is a 24Kw battery and when you consider the costs of a home battery storage system of that capacity – it actually compares quite favourably.
LOL. What an odd comment as if Leaf owners are weighing up whether to upgrade their battery pack or install a home energy system. Maybe they're suggesting we should buy the $11,000 battery (fitted), buy an $8000 bidirectional Chademo charger, spend another $2,000 wiring it into the house somehow and then the Leaf provides backup power to the home (at least when it's in the garage).

Hmmm, that doesn't really compare favourably any more ;)

Anyway, I'm glad to see the option is there albeit pricier than overseas and no doubt a few Leaf owners will take it up as the car is very reliable and I could see them easily lasting 20-30 years with 10 yearly battery replacements. Kind of negates much of the fuel savings unfortunately.

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 21:17
by Adverse Effects
Bryce wrote:
Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 05:37
Re prices and keeping the battery pack: the cheaper Japanese packs are repackaged good cells from recycled Leaf packs - not new ones.
Cheers
Bryce
hmmm NOPE you didnt even ask where i got that info

that info came from a artical in japan about there battery replacement scheme (i posted a link to it about a month ago)

they are NEW CELLS in an old housing and are a higher capacity

a simple google search would have stopped you making a statement like that "google search Nissan leaf battery replacement scheme"

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 22:04
by brunohill
Do you have a link to the article ????

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 22:42
by coulomb
brunohill wrote:
Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 22:04
link to the article ?
The very first, highlighted hit from the Google search he posted:

https://insideevs.com/news/337360/nissa ... lder-leaf/

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Fri, 28 Jun 2019, 00:34
by brunohill
Looks like they also published this:-

https://insideevs.com/news/351314/nissa ... sqQuyX7WxY

So you will never need a new battery as our leafs will all be in landfill in 3 years time. They appear to me to have a slightly twisted interpretation or misunderstanding.

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Sun, 11 Aug 2019, 17:17
by photomac
When I bought my LEAF I received a letter saying the battery had [ EDIT: it was 5 years not ] 8 years warranty. I assume that still applies

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Sun, 11 Aug 2019, 18:20
by reecho
So fitting 30Kwh and 40Kwh packs into Classic Leafs are becoming a real option...

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/08/10/a- ... 2hWZEdal5o

Re: Nissan Australia Leaf 1.0 battery replacement

Posted: Sun, 11 Aug 2019, 20:22
by brunohill