WHAT HAPPENS TO BATTERY PRICES DROPPING !!!!!
$8500 for another 24 KW battery, limited range, with NO ACTIVE COOLING and SHORT LIFE.
Replacement battery same known weak non active cooled design and battery chemistry. What happened to batteries getting better? Lies
I'm not aware of Nissan promising that the replacement cost would go down.
Battery capacity is measured in kWh, not "KW". Yes, range just as limited as when the car was new and cooling just the same. As for short life? No, the "lizard" batteries are a hell of a lot better than the crap batteries in the pre-4/2013 built Leafs and better than the ones that Leftie calls "wolf packs".
I've been at EVents headed by a Nissan corporate marketing guy. Even before the price increase, quite a few folks present were bent out of shape that they couldn't get a larger capacity battery (only 30 kWh existed, at the time). Their reasoning was: if I'm going to pay this big amount of $, I'm willing to pay a reasonable amount more for a 30 kWh battery. Why would I want the same capacity as before?
Expecting battery thermal management on existing Leafs in the wild is totally unrealistic. Would take a ton of engineering effort to retrofit, assuming there's even any room.