thankyouOB wrote:in the interest of transparency, i ask andy or chelsea to explain why nissan cant just give us a price for a new battery. they have them, right?
what factors are nissan weighing with regard to setting a price for the battery installed.
i assume it isnt just sheer orneriness that prevents them from telling us; they really have some issues that they are debating.
Well, what are the considerations that keep them from going ahead and saying: $6799 installed?
perhaps, there are even pro and con arguments being weighed.
give us a peak, please. we are the customer base, after all.
They don't want to give us today's answer. LEAF batteries today are made overseas and are probably priced pretty scary due to yen-dollar exchange. Tennessee batteries will be cheaper, and they will likely get cheaper still in 3-8 years when people are actually
likely to buy a new battery. So, if they are forced to announce a price, do they scare everyone with a high one? Do they announce a price consistent with the future and just hope they don't get burned by someone insisting on buying now or by the costs not dropping as they project?
There's no good answer for them, and they really wanted to avoid the question if they could. I don't think they REALLY thought no one would ever want one, but they did think they could avoid the issue until cars had passed out of the 8yr/100,000 mile battery warranty. A way out of this corner would be to either liberalize the warranty so that no one will NEED to buy in near term, or offer some sort of extended plan than gets you a replacement a few years from now when you actually need it. What they will probably do is announce a price somewhere between the now price and the future price, and allude to future reductions.