The UK’s number one Nissan today revealed information that might not be too pleased to British customers of the Leaf, one of the world’s pioneer of electric mobility. Andy Palmer, according to AutoExpress reports said the 48 modules that make up the lithium-ion battery packs cost 404 pounds each. Or if you prefer, £ 19,392 in total: 727 pounds more than the list price of a Golf BlueMotion English.
The Nissan has also announced that an estimated five years after the battery capacity is reduced at least by 20% from 24 kWh originating. The initial range, which according to official values ??amounts to 160 km, down accordingly: “Our tests suggest that the batteries will be 80% of their initial capacity after normal use for five years.”
A spokeswoman for Nissan, however, clarified that the 19,000 pounds is a purely theoretical figure: “Absolutely unlikely that a customer has to replace the 48 modules all together. The hypothetical cost for the replacement engine and transmission simultaneously a conventional car would be too high. “
According to Nissan, from 2013, when the factory in Sunderland, will share the volumes of production to 500,000 units a year, the cost of the batteries will drop dramatically. The batteries will be reused at the end of the Leaf of their lives in automobile renewable energy. This will help to maintain a high residual value, which will amount to around 41% of their original price after 3 years or 30,000 miles.
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