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198Nissan prices replacement Leaf battery at $5,500

This Drops New Pack Cost To Under $270-Per-kWh

The battery pack is the single most expensive component in a plug-in vehicle and, until now, figuring out the cost to replace one has been a bit of a mystery. Last year, Nissan tried a $100/month price for a new battery in its popular Leaf, but was loudly criticized for that attempt. Today, Nissan is changing gears with a big announcement regarding the price of a new pack for your Nissan Leaf: $5,500 to buy. With an asterisk.

AddAs owners sell, Ghosn promises cheaper battery for next-gen Nissan Leaf

Nissan has been clear that the Nissan Leaf will keep on improving. Exactly how much cheaper the next-gen battery in future versions of the Leaf will be is still carefully protected information, but Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn is making sure that everyone knows a lower-cost Leaf will be here, and soon. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Ghosn said, "There is a second generation of battery coming (online) now...which is less costly than the previous one. We are in a race in which you re

109Nissan dealing with charges of Leaf battery problems in Arizona [w/video]

Some hot Arizona weather is cooling some Nissan Leaf owners' enthusiasm for their electric vehicles.

73AZ Nissan Leaf owners reporting abnormal battery capacity losses [w/video]

Apparently, some Nissan Leaf owners are finding the crispy weather in Phoenix, Arizona a bit too severe for the batteries in their electric cars.

53Nissan: batteries in the Leaf are tough, even after earthquake beating

Nissan representatives have long been proud of the durability of the air-cooled, 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that stores energy in the Leaf. Given the recent troubles that the liquid-cooled pack in the Chevy Volt has given GM, it's perhaps not surprising that Nissan wants to reassure – carefully – the public that it still believes the Leaf pack is safe.

62011 Nissan Leaf was "tortured" to make it safe

2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

3Production of Nissan Leaf battery pack now underway in Japan

Nissan Leaf battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

16Nissan announces Leaf rollout plans, 8-year battery warranty

Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

18Plug-in 2010: Nissan announces Leaf rollout plans, 8-year battery warranty

Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

86WSJ: Nissan Leaf profitable by year three; battery cost closer to $18,000

Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

85Report: Nissan Leaf battery pack costs only £6,000 ($9,000) or $375/kWh!

If a report in the Times of London is accurate, it would go a long way toward explaining Nissan's claims that the Leaf electric car will be profitable at just $33,000. The report, which focuses mainly on Nissan executive Andy Palmer, states that the 24 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack for the EV costs only £6,000 (about $9,000) to produce. That works out to just $375 per kWh, a figure that no one else in the industry is currently claiming is possible.

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