Nissan Planning Independent Investigation Regarding Leaf Battery Issue

Nissan officials have announced the formation of an independent global study with the sole task of satisfying the group of unhappy Leaf owners from Arizona who have reported significant battery capacity losses, which are apparently caused by the extremely high temperatures usually associated with the state.
Nissan Leaf 1 photo
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The manufacturer still says that there is no real problem with the batteries, and the loss is normal for the amount of time used and the conditions they were used in. The person tasked with the creation of the group is former GM marketing manager, Chelsea Sexton, which will carry out the investigation separately from Nissan, but in an official way.

According to Carla Bailo, Nissan’s Senior VP for R&D "Members would be selected by Chelsea, not Nissan, and they would recommend their own mandate [. . .] But our hope is that they would hold up a mirror to us and help us to be more open and approachable in our communication and to advise us on our strategy.

However, the problem may be addressed as Nissan will be kicking off the production of batteries in the US this December, following a $1.6-billion investment. Hopefully, the US-made batteries will be better able to cope with the varying and often harsh weather conditions that the US has to offer. Further hope is provided by Crlos Ghosn's promise that the batteries for the next-generation Leaf will be cheaper and better.

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