2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013Enlarge PhotoWith more than 300,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars on the road, some more than six years old, battery degradation is becoming more and more of an issue. The different rates of capacity loss are a topic of much discussion among Leaf owners, but it now seems likely that Nissan's choice of passive air cooling rather than active liquid cooling has contributed to faster capacity loss than in GM or Tesla electric cars. Now Nissan has announced a new option for Leaf owners, one that's considerably less expensive than buying a new battery pack off the shelf for an aging Leaf. DON'T MISS: Nissan Leaf 30-kwh battery decline 3 times that of earlier electric cars: study Last Monday, Nissan Japan announced that owners of the Leaf electric car in that country could trade in their old, reduced-capacity battery packs for refurbished replacement batteries. The program isn't free: exchange costs will start at 300,000 yen ($2,830) for … [Read more...] about Nissan Leaf refurbished batteries offered for older electric cars, in Japan
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As Toyota has long predicted, improvements in battery technology are lowering the costs associated with their production. Battery life and replacement costs were a key criticism of the Toyota Prius, but Toyota announced today that, thanks to the falling price of battery technology, they’ve dropped the price on replacement Prius batteries by 10%. “For the most part, these customers have a positive ownership experience and want to keep their vehicle,” said Gary Smith, Toyota’s corporate manager for product quality and service support, in a statement. “We’ve stated from the beginning that battery-replacement costs will continue to decline due to technology and volume-related advancements.” The price drop applies to first- and second-generation Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries used in the Prius since its U.S. launch. The first-generation batteries, found in the 2000 to 2003 Prius, have dropped to $2,229 and second-generation batteries found in … [Read more...] about Toyota Drops Price of Replacement Prius Batteries
Marking its second year in the new expanded venue, the 12th edition of Automechanika Shanghai continued to grow, proving to be the ideal B2B platform offering opportunities for information exchange, marketing, trading and education in the automotive world. Held from November 30 to December 3, 2016, this year’s exhibition space alone increased by 12 percent, from 280,000 square metres to 312,000 square metres. This subsequently opened up two new halls for a total of 13 halls at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Puxi, Shanghai. The event also saw an increase in number of exhibitors by 7 percent over last year with a total of 5,756 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions filling the halls. This accordingly saw a sizeable 9 percent jump in visitors as the event registered 120,000 footfalls from 140 countries. Focus on connectivity, e-mobility and infrastructure Due to growing market trends and demands, the electronics and systems sector and automotive … [Read more...] about Automechanika Shanghai 2016 sees 9 percent increase in footfalls, focuses on connectivity
excess battery manufacturing capacity in Smyrna, TN will be used. Nissan announced a new battery replacement program for the all-electric Leaf today at a cost of "approximately $100 per month." The offer is in addition to the standard Leaf battery warranty that already covers the battery for against defects for eight years or 100,000 miles (and was upgraded late last year to cover capacity loss for five years or 60,000 miles). after the warranty ends, a Nissan Leaf owner can sign up for the battery replacement program. At that point, you start paying $100 a month (or whatever the final cost will be) and immediately get a new battery pack that has a full 12 bars of capacity.Nissan's senior manager of corporate communications, Brian Brockman, told AutoblogGreen that "Owners can opt in at any time. When they opt into the program, they will receive a new battery pack with the latest available technology that is compatible with their vehicle. Then, Nissan provides assurance that the … [Read more...] about Nissan Leaf battery replacement will cost $100/month, offers new pack at any time
A Tesla driver has graphed the effect of cold weather on the driving range of his Model S. Rob at Teslarati kept track of the amount of miles driven and energy used and mapped that against temperature readings to find how the colder temperatures affect efficiency. The results were an average of 10 miles of range lost for every 10-degree drop in temperature. Also, he calculated that drivers will lose about 25 percent more range when the roads are slippery. Read more at Teslarati.Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) is teaming with automotive engineering and consulting company Ricardo to provide lightweight components to the automotive industry. AEC produces composites for the aerospace industry, and having proven themselves in that field, they show promise for helping automakers make their cars lighter and more efficient without sacrificing structural integrity. "The agreement announced today is excellent news for our global automotive customers as we work to find further weight … [Read more...] about Recharge Wrap-up: Mirai earns Toyota “Most Innovative” honor, Tesla cold-weather range
AMG has finally shown the mechanical layout of its thousand-horsepower, Formula 1-inspired Project One hypercar at a sneak reveal at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. AMG Chairman Tobias Moers insists the car will become the new hypercar benchmark, with an F1-based 1.6-liter, electrified, turbocharged V6 and four electric motors.The all-wheel drive hypercar won't just deliver levels of performance unparalleled outside the world's racetracks, but will be able to run as a pure battery-electric car for up to 15 miles and, unique for a hypercar, its zero-emission mode will be front-wheel drive. That should make it capable of circumventing limitations on internal-combustion, high-powered cars in some city centers around the world."It shifts up the boundaries of what is technically feasible," AMG Chairman Tobias Moers said, with production limited to just 275 models. "We are the first to make pure bred F1 technology roadworthy.""Our objective is not speed, but to be the benchmark. If we … [Read more...] about AMG’s F1-based Project One rewrites the hypercar rulebook
TTAC commentator Derek writes:My wife and I purchased a low mileage (50k, now at 70k) 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan two years ago when our fourth came along. We understand that the Siennyssey twins boast better build quality, but we didn’t have to finance the Dodge. Plus, we figured that Dodge had been building the Caravan long enough that they had worked out most of the larger Q/A issues. So far that appears to be true. However, there is one issue we’ve witnessed that I don’t understand. Every now and then (once a month or so) all power will momentarily cut off while the engine is running.Usually, this will happen as I’m backing out of the drive. In that situation, the power steering will cut out for a few seconds and then kick back on—not a big deal. On the other hand, about a year ago we were headed east on I-90 around dusk. We were traveling at 70 mph with the van set on cruise, when the cruise cut off, the headlights when out, and the dash went … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Getting a Charge from Your Caravan. Or Not.
TTAC commentator confused1096 writes:Sajeev,Writing to you again after a hiatus of a three years. You and various commentators helped with my not so dearly departed Windstar (died of a blown transmission a couple of months after article). Now hoping I can get some input on a decent car.Fast forward three years later. I sold a nice Nissan 300zx and bought a human sized car in March. I’m the proud owner of a nearly showroom looking ’98 Grand Marquis LS. The car was purchased with 198k on the clock and 10 years of maintenance records. It now has 211,000 miles. I’ve updated all routine maintenance, replaced brakes & rotors, rear shocks, etc. Really the only thing the car needs at the moment are front shocks (soon) and I plan to have the seats recovered early next year. Also plan on adding dual exhaust and a few other minor tweaks next year. This is my second Panther platform car, so I’m reasonably familiar with the common issues.Now to the problem: Ever … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: The Panther that Cried…Wolf?
TTAC Commentator John R writes:HI MAN!I just replaced the battery in my 07 Sonata sometime earlier this year and now it’s behaving like it needs another. I should probably mention that I’m running aftermarket HIDs (I know, I know). I know (now) when the right lamp starts to fade and change from blue to white or sometimes purple its time to change the battery, but its happening a lot sooner than last time. I got a good two years in between when I had the HIDs installed and the last time I changed the battery. Back then I thought it was bulbs but as soon as I replaced them it started doing it again. That’s when I replaced the battery. Now its happening again.I don’t think the battery is the problem – its a Napa Legend (75 month) which I understand is more than decent. My questions are these: knowing that its probably the HID setup sucking up all the juice (which I think is happening) what do I need to cope? A new alternator? A new battery, but this time do … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Whom to trust whilst Getting In The Zone?
Bob writes:Dear Sajeev,I have a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder that I bought new and has since accumulated 90,000 miles . I plan on driving it until it dies because I still enjoy it and it gets me to all the great fishing spots, plus I have a “fun” car in the garage (’74 TR6) for when the weather is nice. My issue is about the starter (I think) on the Pathfinder.The starter went out on it a couple years ago, so I bought a remanufactured one and replaced it myself. It was a much harder job than I thought due to the very tight space. The starter worked in the beginning then became sporadic after about six months. I would turn the key and only get a “click”, turn the key again and again and eventually it would turn over and start.This time I took it to a mechanic, told them the issue and they thought the starter I put in was bad so I had them replace it with a new OEM. It too worked great for the first year or so before same issue arose. … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Stumped by Starter Woes?