Nissan Leaf owners in hot climates experiencing battery problems
The original report came from a CBS affiliate in Phoenix Arizona who spoke with two proud Nissan Leaf owners who went from loving their electric car to being very frustrated with it. The cause? The vehicle has had a massive reduction in the battery capacity when driving in very high temperatures. Nissan claims that the vehicle can go around 100 miles on a full charge and one of the owners interviewed by CBS5 in Phoenix stated that during his first year of Leaf ownership, he was easily able to make his daily 90 mile commute on a single charge. However, that same owner claims that during this, his second summer with the Leaf, his battery range has plummeted to a very disappointing 44 miles – and he isn’t the only owner dealing with this problem. Nissan has allegedly received 5 complaints of similar battery power loss during this hot summer in Arizona alone. You can watch the full video segment from CBS5 below.
A quick tour of internet enthusiast sites like MyNissanLeaf.com shows that Arizona owners are not the only ones dealing with this problem as Nissan Leaf drivers in Texas and California are also reporting substantial losses in battery capacity during their second year of ownership. Nissan has asked that owners with these problems take their vehicle to the nearest dealership for evaluation and that owners should be certain that the dealership service department contacts the regional Nissan representative to report the problem.