Yesterday we reported Nissan had agreed to an independent global board to investigate its batteries and now two Leafs have been reported as returned under Arizona lemon law.
The video below jibes with previous reports we’ve given of vocal Nissan Leaf owners who said thy felt they were not being treated with forthrightness in their attempts to have Nissan concede their batteries were prematurely degraded due to heat.
Given that the video is an Arizona newscast, it can be understood that it focuses on the Arizona aspect, but it is believed there are also Leafs that have suffered declines in charge-holding capacity in first-wave rollout states of Texas and California.
Nissan says its independent advisory board is being led by well-regarded EV advocate, and former Chevy Volt Customer Advisory Board member, Chelsea Sexton.
In an open letter
posted Saturday by Nissan VP, Carlo Bailo on the MyNissanLeaf.com forum, she said Nissan admits no defects, but is willing to be scrutinized by a third party.
Bailo said in examining seven cars in the Phoenix region, Nissan tested: 1) if there were any defects in materials or workmanship in the individual batteries or vehicle systems; 2) if the batteries were performing to specification; and 3) their performance relative to the global LEAF population.
Following this, Bailo said:
• The Nissan Leafs inspected in Arizona are operating to specification and their battery capacity loss over time is consistent with their usage and operating environment. No battery defects were found.
• A small number of Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona are experiencing a greater than average battery capacity loss due to their unique usage cycle, which includes operating mileages that are higher than average in a high-temperature environment over a short period of time.
Nissan has resisted giving the press full disclosure as well, and now in question is whether its refunding customers for lemon law Leafs will open the door for more concerning publicity for the company.
We will keep you apprised of further developments.