The Nissan Leaf is a top player in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, but one major issue that sometimes plagues these vehicles is the battery — and the Leaf’s battey seems to be taking a lot of heat.
Leaf owners in Arizona have recently complained that their EVs are losing significant capacity in the desert’s hot heat. In fact, Arizona Leaf drivers Scott Yarosh and Mason Convey have both testified to this claim.
“When I first purchased the vehicle, I could drive to and from work on a single charge, approximately 90 miles round trip,” said Yarosh. “[Now] I can drive approximately 44 miles on this without having to stop and charge.” [Note: it takes 21 hours to fully recharge the Leaf on 110 volts, and 7 hours on 240 volts.]
Both owners said they’ve lost about 30 percent of their battery capacity since purchasing their vehicles. Even when their batteries are fully charged, two to three of the 12 lights on their battery capacity gauge are out.