2011 Nissan Leaf Matches Volt: 8 Year, 100,000 Mile Warranty

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A few hours after Chevrolet announced its pricing structure for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan have responded with details of the warranty it will offer on its 2011 all-electric Leaf.

At the Plugin 2010 Conference in San Jose, California, Carlos Tavares, Nissan's executive vice president and head of operations in America,  told a packed audience of industry professionals, commentators and enthusiasts it would be offering an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty on the Leaf's all-electric drivetrain, battery and charging systems.

The warranty is exactly the same level of coverage as Chevrolet offers on its 2011 Volt.

While many consumers had hoped for a longer ten year, or 150,000 mile warranty,  the warranty Nissan is offering is in line with that offered on the Leaf's gasoline counterparts and we're happy that it will be adequate for most consumers.

More importantly though, is the levelling of the field between Chevrolet's 2011 Volt and Nissan's 2011 Leaf after this announcement.

Both cars offer customers the chance to experience all-electric driving. Both offer the same warranty. And both are fighting to become the most popular plug in car of the year.

We had a chance to drive the 2011 Nissan Leaf earlier this week in preparation for the Plug-In 2010 conference and we were extremely pleased with how the car handled. While we only had half an hour behind the wheel, we loved the integrated navigation system which helped us to figure out just how far we'd be able to go on a charge.

We'll be driving the 2011 Leaf again this Friday, so watch out for more thoughts on one of the most eagaerly anticipated electric cars this year.

Let the electric sales war between Nissan and Chevrolet begin.


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Comments (3)
  1. i hardly see it as a war, when one car has a gas engine in it, while the other does not.
    one thing that companies do not understand, and americans understand even less - it is not about how big and profitable you become. it is about being able to contain one's growth enough such that one can still offer a good product and a good service.
    gm learned this. now toyota is learning this. they were too concerned with being number one that they forgot that their customers are what made them number one.
    just look at the business model of coda - you call up one of several places to test drive your car, but make the purchase online, thereby avoiding all that extra sales cost. you get it serviced at surrounding firestone centers who have personnel trained to service them.
    the result is a lot more car for a lot less money. they seem to be doing everything correctly, and in the best interest of the customer.
    i have a friend who is old enough to tell me about all the little car companies like kaiser, crosley, etc. they put out better cars. the big three was able to get rid of them by simply cutting prices below cost. they had the bucks to absorb that loss for a short while, while the little guys could not respond.

  2. No war.....the Leaf is the future....the Volt is the past...like all the American Auto industry.....let's hope that we can adjust and start on a new road...or else we will all buy Japanese and Chinese cars in the very near future!!!

  3. Since I posted negative comments when it looked as if Nissan was going to hedge on the battery warranty, I want to say that I am satisfied with the 100,000 mile warranty and will buy a Leaf unless something better comes along before November, the month Nissan will be taking firm orders.
    If BYD can actually deliver on their claims, I would definitely consider buying one. If Coda were available outside of California, I would compare it with the Leaf when both have testable models.

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