Fast forward to today, and we see that Nissan has learned much about making EVs in the last seven years and have addressed the areas for improvement extremely well.
Four years ago they re-engineered their traction battery to provide a much higher level of reliability, beefed up the warranty on that battery to remedy the edge case problems that will crop up and have significantly mitigated the traction battery reliability issues that plagued the early cars.
And then there is reality
Another technical misstep. first off the line new pack, new config, etc. But the warranty will cover him and cover him well. Unfortunate? Yes. Unusual? No... not by a long shot. Manufacturers make mistakes all the time. They discover it, fix it, move on. The reality is the capacity warranty means the fix is already in place.
Already speculated that early 30 kwh packs were well... probably not as planned but also speculated that the issue seems to be resolved. This guy is in Florida so blame it on the hot weather? Well how does that work for the guy in OR having the same issues with his early 30 kwh LEAF?
But then again we have other 30 kwh LEAFs in hot weather with later builds doing fine at twice the miles. Go back to the 24 kwh packs. We have people in AZ who had the 2011 and a 2015 LEAF and they claim a much better battery exists. Maybe its too early to make claims but some 2015's are in their 3rd Summer. Only took one Summer for the 2011's but I guess we shall see.
In closing; I can't remember a car company stepping up like Nissan has in addressing out of warranty battery issues. Its unprecedented in scope but I have to admit; until EVs and hybrids came along, I didn't follow car companies or cars.
In closing; The comment about manufacturers constantly making mistakes? Having relatives in the car business, I hear SHOCKING stories of willful neglect from several manufacturers, two in particular. They put out a product they know is defective but literally hoping for the best... Its all about getting return for that advertising buck! Its amazing to me our level of complacency with gassers in light of our over the top indignation over everything electric.
2011 SL; 44,598 mi, 87% SOH. 2013 S; 44,840 mi, 91% SOH. 2016 S30; 29,413 mi, 99% SOH. 2018 S; 25,185 mi, SOH 92.23%. 2019 S Plus; 16,686 mi, 91.51% SOH
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