By Megan Dobransky on Mar 17, 2011

Is the Nissan LEAF Having Battery Issues?

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The debut year of the Nissan LEAF is bound to run into some initial issues. Photo: Nissan

Yesterday the science-based news website, Physorg.com, reported that this year’s Nissan LEAF is having some battery problems.

It wouldn’t be surprising. There are always kinks in new technology, especially new technology being brought to the masses for the first time, undergoing fresh stresses and experiencing different extremes.

Physorg chronicles the story of several LEAF users who say they notice a low battery, but according to the on-board computer, the number of miles left will leave them plenty of time to get to a charging station. But then the car just stops within five minutes with no other warning, and the drivers are stranded.

The article then goes on to explain that the “miles left” estimation isn’t necessarily accurate – being an estimation and all -and that drivers should actually rely on the “state of charge” gauge, which is much more precise.

Katherine Zachary, senior manager for Nissan North America Corporate Communications, assures consumers that there are, in fact, no issues with the LEAF batteries. “Two LEAF owners have run out of charge one time,” she says.

So, if you own a LEAF or are thinking of purchasing one, breathe a small sigh of relief and remember to always look at the state of charge gauge, not the miles left.

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