jspearman wrote:This is great if you live in Seattle and want an extra feeling of security. This does absolutely nothing to address the underlying problem of Leafs in hot spots and the lack of a TMS. I've seen one car below nine bars, and it had 45 miles on the GOM at 100% charge; at that point my wife would barely be able to complete her 25-26 mile commute. This was a carefully crafted offer to essentially give nothing, but come out looking generous. So if I reach 8 bars you only have to boost me back to 9?
No thanks. I'll be calling Nissan today.
I totally agree that a 9 bar warranty is useless for people who needs sufficient range to cover their trips. I think the minimum acceptable warranty should be at least 10 bars, which would be consistent with Nissan's advertised average of 80% capacity remaining after 5 years in their manual.
I, for one, would not buy a Nissan Leaf, if I had known that I would lose 30% capacity up front (not at the end) within 5 years of service. The whole point is that Nissan chose not to disclose the fact at the point of sales about premature capacity loss in hot states and advertised 80% capacity remaining after 5 years in their manual. The whole point is that 2011 and 2012 owners were not provided sufficient information about battery capacity loss up front at the point of sale so they could make an informed decision.
Because of this, what would be fair is to offer a 10 bar warranty for 2011 and 2012 LEAFs because Nissan was not honest with those owners and set the expectation of 80% remaining after 5 years. The 10 bar warranty for 2011 and 2012 LEAFs would be consistent with the 80% loss expectation that was set.
Now if Nissan wants to offer a 9 bar warranty for the 2013 LEAF and later, I think that would be OK, because the information will be disclosed up front and the expectation is set clearly to allow potential buyers to make an informed decision themselves. If they still chose to buy the LEAF with a 9 bar warranty, then they know what they're getting into.
But because 2011 and 2012 owners were not provided with sufficient battery loss information to make informed decision at the point of sale, their battery warranty should be 10 bars instead of 9 bars because Nissan did not tell them what they were getting into like with 2013 buyers.