We know the battery replacement price (about $6k, unless I am reading things incorrectly) for a 24 kWh battery. I guess what I'm wondering is if/when prices and terms (further modifications to the vehicle?) will be posted for a 30 kWh pack, now that a 30 kWh is finally to be announced (I'm thinking the pack itself is not yet official, but appears to be something that Nissan is moving toward.... however, if it is released, I don't know if it will be something we could buy as a stand-alone and put into a used Leaf).
There's sort of precedent for this (in a way?) in that Tesla offered Roadster owners the opportunity to buy a battery retrofit after the years passed and battery technology had improved sufficiently that it was worth it to replace the batteries.
I'm still not sure a 30 kWh pack will quite be enough for me (it doesn't quite get me fully down highways that are lacking in DCQC to my destination points), but still, I'm hoping that Nissan is open-minded and willing to consider ideas like retrofitting old vehicles with improved packs.
fwiw, here was the info for the 24 kWh pack
Update on Nissan LEAF Battery Replacement
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Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:07 am
"...Battery replacements are now available for purchase at your certified Nissan LEAF dealers in the United States. The suggested retail price of the Nissan LEAF battery pack is $5,499. This price includes and requires a return of your original battery pack (valued at $1,000) to the dealer in exchange for the new battery. This price does not include tax, installation fees or an installation kit required for 2011 and 2012 vehicles. The MSRP for the installation kit (which includes brackets and other minor parts required to retrofit the newer pack to original vehicles) is approximately $225. Nissan expects the installation to take about three hours. However, dealers set the final pricing, so we recommend confirming with your local retailer.
"We are also continuing to finalize details for a Nissan financing program for those who prefer an affordable monthly payment option, and we expect to keep that monthly payment in the $100 per month range. But to be clear, at the end of the finance terms, you own the battery. It is not a lease or rental. I will post more details here later this year when they are finalized, but we didn’t want to delay announcing the battery price itself any longer. ...."