Nissan buys back two Leaf's under Arizona Lemon Law
Following increasing news coverage of battery capacity loss in Phoenix-area Nissan Leaf's, word now comes that Nissan has offered to a Leaf buy back from Phoenix-area residents. Some Leaf owners, primarily in hot climates, claim the driving range of their cars has diminished more rapidly than Nissan has suggested would happen. After months of discussion on discussion forums, a large scale test by Leaf owners in Phoenix two weeks ago, an open letter published by Nissan in June, another open letter published by Nissan last week, and the establishment of an independent advisory board to be led by electric vehicle activist Chelsea Sexton, a Phoenix-area TV station has shown an interview with two Phoenix-area Leaf owners describing their ordeal and the buyback agreement, under lemon laws, with Nissan.
The issue is that Nissan's promise was the Nissan Leaf would have "80% remaining capacity after 5 years", which would lead a Leaf owner to expect their car to have a 58.4 mile driving range after 5 years of ownership. However, many Nissan Leaf owners have reported a steeper than expected loss of driving range.