• Jul 27th 2010 at 1:28PM
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At the Plug-in 2010 Conference in San Jose, CA today, Nissan North America's executive vice president, Carlos Tavares, announced that the Leaf's battery pack will be covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty – exactly what Chevrolet is offering on the Volt pack. He said that feedback from people interested in the Leaf was important in setting these levels, so that explains why Leaf hand-raisers received email surveys about the topic recently.

For what it's worth, the official Leaf battery warranty is what about half of AutoblogGreen readers voted for in our unscientific poll on the topic. Almost 45 percent said the eight-year/100,000-mile level was good for electric vehicles, while a few more thought 10-years/150,000 miles was the preferred level.

In other Leaf news, Nissan has also announced its official rollout plans. As we already knew, the electric car will first launch in December, in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Firm orders from these five states, which make up the so-called EV Project, will begin in August.

Following that initial wave, the machine will be sent to Texas and Hawaii in January 2011. Next up will be North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama in April 2011. The rest of the nation will see their Leafs beginning in the fall of 2011 with availability in all markets nationwide by the end of that year.

There are plenty more interesting tidbits to glean from Nissan's press release on the matter, which can be found in its entirety after the break.

[Source: Nissan]
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Nissan Announces National Market Roll-Out Plan for Zero-Emission Nissan LEAF

- More than half of 17,000 reservations located in initial launch markets -

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, nearly 17,000 future Nissan LEAF drivers are learning when the world's first affordable all-electric, zero-emission vehicle will be available in their markets. Consumers who have placed reservations for the Nissan LEAF received a communication today regarding market timing and next steps in ordering the all-electric vehicle.

Nissan LEAF first will be available to consumers in December, in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas are home to The EV Project – the largest electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment ever undertaken. The EV Project is a result of a partnership with charging infrastructure provider ECOtality and partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Customers in these first five launch states, who represent more than 55 percent of total Nissan LEAF reservations, will be able to place firm orders for the Nissan LEAF starting in August.

Nissan LEAF will be introduced to Texas and Hawaii shortly thereafter, in January 2011; North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama follow in April 2011; and be rolled-out to the balance of the nation beginning in Fall 2011 with availability in all markets nationwide by the end of that year.

"We are pleased to see so many people making a choice for a zero-emission future by placing reservations for the Nissan LEAF," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. "Consumer feedback and market readiness have been key drivers in developing our phased rollout. Nissan is able to target areas of customer demand for early launch, while continuing to work in future markets to ensure the continued success of electric vehicles."

Nissan North America also is informing its consumers that the lithium-ion battery pack that powers the Nissan LEAF will carry a warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles – matching U.S. market competitive conditions.

Consumers who have reserved the Nissan LEAF online will be invited to place orders through their dealer for the vehicle in advance of market roll-out timing, allowing time for consumers to select a dealer and assess home charging needs. Nissan is continuing to take reservations for the Nissan LEAF through its website, www.NissanUSA.com. Interested consumers are encouraged to place a reservation, which entails a $99 fully refundable fee to secure a spot on the list to place an order.

The reservations process has educated Nissan about more than just geographic distribution. Some information we've learned about future Nissan LEAF drivers includes:
  • Favorite color: The favorite color of Nissan LEAF owners is blue. More than 30 percent of reservations are for blue Nissan LEAF electric cars. Silver is a close second, at about 26 percent. The remaining reservations are close to evenly split among red, black and white.
  • Trim level: About 75 percent of Nissan LEAF orders are for the SL trim level, which adds a rearview monitor, solar panel spoiler, fog lights, and automatic headlights.
  • Home and Parking: About 75 percent of people who placed reservations own a single-family home. About 68 percent have attached garages, while an additional 18 percent have detached garages or carports. Home ownership and dedicated parking are important factors for Nissan LEAF drivers who plan to charge their vehicles at home.
  • Purchase time: About 67 percent of Nissan LEAF reservations holders have indicated that they'd be ready to purchase or lease a Nissan LEAF within one year of placing the reservation. An additional 24 percent indicated they would be ready in one to two years.
  • Interests: Several primary interests are inspiring people to order a Nissan LEAF. Cited interests include energy independence (35 percent); environmental consciousness (34 percent); and cost/fuel economy (20 percent).

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.

SOURCE Nissan North America

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      • 5 Years Ago
      8 year/100k miles ... not because of the surveys, but because that's what's required by the EPA. It's the same reason why GM had to offer the same with the Volt.

      The stakes are a lot higher, though ... since it's solely battery power, there's a lot more reliance on it. Run down a battery near zero enough times, and its life is severely reduced. The Volt can at least fire up the engine to keep the battery from being depleted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Completely Wrong.

        Pure EVs are not required to have an 8 year battery warranty. In fact Tesla only has a 3 year warranty.

        Leaf has no emissions, so it has no emission warranty requirements.

        This is probably the best battery warranty on a Pure EV today.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 100 mile range quoted doesn't use the battery to depletion--the car's ECU (is it still called an ECU for an EV?) will stop the car before the battery is depleted enough to impact its life significantly. So it'll show the user 0% even though there's still some capacity (enough to protect the battery).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly narf, the batteries are considered part of the emission control system, therefore they have to be warrantied for 8 yrs and 100,000 miles.

        We bought an Escalade Hybrid this weekend and salesman told us the exact same warranty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks so much better on that wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      +1 narf on the EPA, autoblog.com should have included this in their article though!

      Now, if EPA only mandated full replacement cost of the battery to be publicized upon market introduction... then we'd be helped!
      • 5 Years Ago
      By the time this battery pack wears out, the replacement pack should be dirt cheap!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not trying to rain on the parade - but what does "covered" mean? Does it mean that the battery will still take a 100% charge in the same amount of time as it was new? Or is it a pro-rated slope where, at 9 years, it'll take so long and retain so little as to be worthless - or somewhere in between?

      Given how most batteries ability to charge quickly and retain that charge degrade over time, I doubt the batteries are going to perform anywhere like new after 10 years of constant use.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone considered what charging these cars quite often will do to their electric bills?
      The power companies keep raising their rates all the time. I am sure there will be sticker shock
      when they open up their power bill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Leaf goes ~5 miles per kWh. A typical gasoline car goes 25 miles per gallon... Average person drives 1000 miles per month for 200 kWh of electricity or 40 gallons of gas

        So @ $3 dollars a gallon that's $120/mo for gas. @$4, $160.

        Typical electricity in the US is $.12 ($.07 off-peak with net metering, if available) for $24/month ($14).

        Even if electricity quadrupled and gasoline stayed the same (very unlikely), electricity would still be cheaper. If electricity did quadruple, installing solar panels to generate your own electricity would become an amazing bargain. Currently, a solar system big enough to displace an EV's electricity after incentives is approximately the same cost as a year or two's worth of gasoline in a typical car (and continues to provide enough electricity to power your car for 20+ years thereafter).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very impressive. I know it's mandatory, but.. it really helps adoption of this new tech.
      By 8 years, EVs will have massively improved. Lithium still has a lot of potential, and so many other battery formulations are still being experimented with.

      Honestly, people won't be keeping these cars these long anyway. And people will be anxious to buy them second hand, even with a used battery.

      Two thumbs up on this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Geez. I thought you would know better.

        It ISN'T mandatory. Pure EVs don't have emissions, there are no battery warranty requirements related to them.

        Telsa Roadster battery warranty is only 3 years!

        Kudos to Nissan for going above and beyond on the warranty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *hangs head* you're right. It's just for cars that have internal combustion engines as well.

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