Nissan Leaf $5,500 Battery Replacement Loses Money, Company Admits
Last month, electric-car owners finally learned the price of a replacement battery pack for the Nissan Leaf: a surprisingly low $5,500 after the old pack is traded in.
Many advocates and Leaf owners promptly seized on the price to "prove" that Nissan could now build batteries for less than $250 per kilowatt-hour.
Not so fast, please: Nissan has now confirmed to Green Car Reports that it subsidizes that price.
In light of the Leaf battery replacement price of $5,500, we asked the company to comment on its costs for producing electric-car batteries--which, predictably, it wouldn't do.
"As you can imagine," wrote Jeff Kuhlman, Nissan's vice president of global communications, "we don’t share those figures for competitive reasons."
But regarding the replacement price, Kuhlman was quite cl
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