Some individuals who drive EVs and brag about how sustainable they’re in all probability assume solely about carbon emissions and never about Overshoot Day. That’s the annual date on which we’re reminded people have consumed all sources the planet can renew in a 12 months. Manufacturing extra automobiles contributes to that. Retaining them operating stops that development. But, most automobile firms are simply nervous about promoting extra, as Clayton Brander’s case reveals.
Brander purchased a 2013 Nissan Leaf three years in the past. When he first drove it, it may run 1209 km (75 miles). Now, it solely achieves 80 km (50 miles), a 33.3 p.c lower. He desires to exchange the battery pack in his Leaf, however none of his Nissan sellers helped. One even prompt he simply purchased a brand new one.
The Leaf proprietor informed his story to CBC and claimed that it could not be actually sustainable. Brander believes “these items are going to finish up within the landfill” with out correct help. And nobody can say he didn’t strive.
In response to the CBC Information article on the issue, the Leaf proprietor tried to purchase a brand new battery pack in “two close by Nissan dealerships, three native restore outlets,” and he even contacted Nissan Canada to type this out – with no luck.
In one among these visits, he was informed he would have the ability to purchase these battery packs in just a few years for C$5,000, however getting one now would value him north of C$15,000. That’s greater than he paid for the automobile within the first place.
Brander could also be fortunate. In Portugal, Nissan was charging €30,000 ($35,190) for the battery pack not way back. That’s about the identical quantity the company wanted for a brand new battery pack in the Virgin Islands: $35,000.
That’s making folks collect collectively to search out options, and corporations see that as a enterprise alternative. We have now already informed you the way EV Rides has specialized in selling used battery packs in good conditions for Leaf owners.
One other nice initiative was began by Sal Cameli, who created a global database showing companies that sell battery packs for Leaf owners. Sadly, there isn’t a single firm in Canada on Cameli’s map that we may warn Brander about.
We have now tried to contact him via LinkedIn and are nonetheless ready for his reply. Nissan stated it was “hopeful to discover a decision” with him, and we want to be taught what the corporate proposed. It could be good to see these older Leafs nonetheless capable of run. In spite of everything, carbon emissions aren’t as large a priority for EVs as they’re for ICE automobiles. Even Ford and GM know that for decades.