Nissan Leaf survey on battery warranty

Posted on Wednesday, 21 July 2010 , 23:07:33 byAlina

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Nissan Leaf survey on battery warranty

After General Motors has announced a standard eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty for the battery pack in its forthcoming Volt extended-range electric vehicle, Nissan has started to act. According to The New York Times, the automaker, which plans to launch its Leaf electric vehicle later this year, has sent electronic surveys of the customers who have already ordered a Leaf.

According to Katherine Zachary, a Nissan spokeswoman, the company's survey went to 16,000 holders of $99 Leaf reservations in the United States, as well as a sampling of "hand wavers" who have expressed interest in the car.

The main question in the survey? "If Nissan announced the standard warranty for the Nissan Leaf battery was five years/60,000 miles, to what degree would you seriously consider purchasing or leasing the Nissan Leaf as your next vehicle?"

The survey focused on the preferences of the customer of whether or not to purchase or lease, and the opinion of the customer on 3 basic warranty coverages: 5 years/60,000 miles, 8 years/80,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles. It seems that they are resigned to giving at least a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty, which would be greater than the basic three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty that we see on most cars today.

They were also asked if they'd cancel their reservation and collect their $99 deposits if a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty were announced, then the same question with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Nissan will begin taking orders for the Leaf sometimes in August this year and then it will announce the warranty for the model.