powersurge wrote:Wow, what good is taking an 8 bar battery and replacing it with a 9... or even 10 bar battery? The labor alone would not be worth the time benefit before you have to replace it again...
I doubt that will ever be the case,
but I can easily imagine a refurb starting at 11 or 12 bars that is down to 8 bars in a year or two. Enough to reach the end of the 8 yr warranty in some cases. This refurb program gives Nissan the ability to stratify new vs refurb battery replacements on a case by case basis. People who are approaching their 8 year or 100k mile limit would rationally (from Nissan's POV, naturally) receive a refurb rather than a new battery.
My mention of the 9 bar warranty in the OP was not meant to suggest that Nissan will be using 9 bar batteries, but that owners may well be looking at battery replacements that reach 9 bars in much shorter times than they experienced with the new car battery. It was a poor shorthand to say: the days when a battery replacement under warranty meant a new battery may be drawing to a close. I consider this possibility close to a certainty, but I have a very dim view of Nissan.
This entire story also makes me wonder if the (past labeled ?) AESC factory is done producing legacy batteries period, or at least for Nissan.
And as for Nissan's spin on the refurb program, that it will increase used LEAF values ? LOL