Miles Roberts from the SpeakEV forum “had a notification through from Nissan to say that customers are now able to buy themselves out of the battery rental on a Flex agreement, and terminate the lease agreement.”
To terminate the battery lease, customers need to go to a Nissan dealer and pay the battery’s remaining value to fully own it. It appears that Nissan considers that the battery lose 10 % of its value per year.
This is great news, it’s specially helpful for Flex Leaf’s owners that are having difficulties selling their cars because of the battery leasing.
Allowing Flex Leaf’s owners to buy the battery is another evidence that Nissan is abandoning the battery lease scheme. In Portugal and Spain, Nissan already completely removed the Flex option, as you can see it here.
In my opinion the battery lease damages both automakers and electric cars in particular, as it indicates that the automaker isn’t confident in its battery quality and scares off potential customers by stating that batteries are more prone to failure than other components. This is why we’ll never see battery rental in automakers that are proud to build good quality electric cars, such as Tesla Motors or even BMW. It’s curious that in Renault Zoe’s case, the electric motor and the charging system are more likely to fail than the battery. Why don’t we lease those two components instead? The battery made by LG Chem cells is proving to be very robust.
Sooner or later Renault has to do something similar and find its way off the battery leasing. In Renault’s case it’s even more damaging to the company’s reputation, since we can compare the Zoe with the Clio. As I wrote in a previous article it seems like a scam when a Zoe Life 40 without the battery in Spain costs 24.625 €, while the Clio Life with an internal combustion engine, also in Spain starts at 11.436 €. I’ve been saying for a while that when you buy a Zoe with the battery lease, the battery cost is already included in the price, everything that Renault gets from monthly battery payments is more profit. Truth to be told, Renault isn’t alone, every automaker is selling overpriced electric cars so they don’t compete with their ICE car’s offer.
What do you think? Do you see any future for battery rentals? Specially in Renault, where batteries are proving to be very reliable and their cost is dropping fast?!