Consider this week a cosmic passing of the torch. As legendary Southern California auto dealer Cal Worthington (sans his dog Spot) left this world for that great dealership in the sky, Nissan was making preparations for its all-electric Leaf to make its debut in the realm where good 'ol Cal reigned supreme: the used car lot.

Yes, with more than 33,000 Nissan Leaf EVs sold in the US since the beginning of 2011, the Japanese automaker is apparently starting to see a few of them come back to the fold and, as a result, is making the EVs available in its "Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles" program starting this month.

With an existing eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the Leaf's battery pack, Nissan's offering an additional seven-year, 100,000-mile (whichever comes first) warranty on the EV system and powertrain, not to mention a 0.9-percent, 36-month financing program. With battery capacity a perpetual issue with EVs, Nissan is also offering a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty that replaces the battery if its capacity falls below nine (out of a possible 12) bars. With new, lower Leaf MSRP this year and production moved to Nissan's Tennessee plant, US Leaf sales through August more than tripled compared to last year to 14,123 vehicles. Some day, one of those will be available for sale again. Check out Nissan's press release below.
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Nissan Plugs Electric LEAF Into Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Program
Nissan offers additional confidence for pre-owned LEAF buyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As demand for electric cars continues to grow among U.S. consumers, Nissan is adding the all-electric LEAF to its Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles program. Beginning in September, Certified Pre-Owned Nissan LEAF vehicles will be backed by the company to provide years of quality and performance at a great value.

In addition to the existing 8-year/100,000 mile* battery warranty coverage protecting against defects in materials and workmanship, and 5 year/60,000 mile* coverage for battery capacity loss below 9 bars of capacity as shown by the vehicle's battery capacity level gauge, Nissan will extend the EV system and powertrain warranty coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles*.

Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing for Nissan said: "As more Nissan LEAF vehicles enter the used car market, we know it's important for Nissan to provide the second owners the same confidence in the car that the original owner enjoyed. Adding LEAF to the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program is a natural next step to strengthen the position of LEAF as the world's No. 1 all-electric car for the mass market."

Other benefits offered with Nissan Certified Pre-Owned vehicles include:
• Comprehensive quality assurance vehicle inspection
• CARFAX® Vehicle History Report with 90-day CARFAX Buyback Guarantee ®
• 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
• A no-cost, three-month subscription to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio
• Car rental reimbursement
• Trip interruption coverage

To qualify for the CPO program, a Nissan LEAF must have less than 60,000 miles, be less than 5 years from its original in-service date, have a clear CARFAX vehicle history report and pass a 167-point comprehensive quality inspection. The vehicle must also have a minimum of 9 bars of battery capacity, out of 12 total, as represented on the vehicle battery capacity level gauge.
At the beginning of the program, Nissan will offer special finance rates as low as 0.9 percent for 36 months on certified pre-owned LEAF vehicles through Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
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  • 4 Comments
      Marco Polo
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Well done Nissan ! I'm proud to have lived long enough to see a major manufacturer offer an extended warranty on a 'pre-owned' mass produced EV . A great day for Carlos Ghosn, Nissan, America and the entire planet !
      • 4 Hours Ago
      It won't be long until manufactures/engineersl find a way to provide an on-board charging system that keeps the battery charged, eleminating the need for a plug-in recharge. I just don't want to spend time charging the car's battery. Furthermore, having to charge the battery will most-certainly run up an electric bill.
      Spec
      • 4 Hours Ago
      What Nissan should do is thoroughly test the batteries, replace any weak cells, and then offer an extended battery warranty for the refurbished battery thus relieving used buyers of worries about the battery pack dying quickly.
        aatheus
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        That is what the 5 yr, 60k capacity warranty is supposed to cover. I agree that the capacity should be restored to 100%, or the car should come with a substantial discount.