Nissan is ending the battery leasing

Nissan Leaf in white

 

No more battery leasing in Portugal and Spain.

 

The Nissan Iberia, responsible for Nissan sales in Portugal and Spain, is again showing us where the Nissan’s strategy in Europe is going.

 

Portugal and Spain were the first countries where Nissan introduced the 30 kWh battery to the entry level trim (Leaf Visia). Now the Flex option (battery lease) was removed from the Leaf’s configurator.

This is good news in my book as it tells that now the company has confidence in its battery and is more receptive to sell electric cars.

The battery leasing undermines electric cars in at least two ways. First it scares off the consumers by stating that the battery is more prone to failure than any other component, so it’s better to lease it than buy it. Second, the monthly payments allied to limited mileage remove one of electric car’s biggest advantages, low running costs.

Battery leasing only makes sense for low quality automakers that don’t trust their products. We would never see it in Tesla Motors or BMW.

 

Truth to be told, the battery leasing never got popular with Leaf’s buyers. In the USA, Nissan didn’t even introduced it. Only in Europe, Nissan gives the option to lease the battery. Probably to make Renault some company.

 

Maybe in the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the sister company Renault will finally announce that the battery leasing for its electric vehicles will soon be optional in every market, not mandatory as it currently is in most countries.

 

 

More info:

http://configurador.nissan.pt/leaf

http://configurador.nissan.es/leaf

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That's why I'm a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs".

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2 Responses

  1. Erik says:

    Too bad, actually! Imo a reduction of sales price of about 6000 euro’s when leasing the battery could just tip the scales in being able to buy a (next gen) Leaf or not. When you do the math it will show that only after 5 years you have paid the full amount for the battery. When you trade-in the car after 3 or 4 years you have acuatally paid less then what you would have paid without battery lease. Also if you wanted to keep the car for say, 8- 10 years, you could just get a new battery when it was degraded too much. At that point the trade-in value would be much higher than with an owned but degraded battery.

    So even if I do also dislike the monthly payments there is something to say for battery lease.

  2. Pedro Lima says:

    I actually think that you always lose more money if you are leasing the battery, especially when you decide to sell the car.

    This former Zoe driver had to sell his car for £4.000 because no one wanted to have the hassle of the battery lease.

    http://myrenaultzoe.com/index.php/topic/byby-zoe/

    The same goes for the Leaf. The used Flex versions are harder to sell than the battery included versions.

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