Nissan sends powerful message to those who doubt electric vehicles

A Nissan Leaf.
A Nissan Leaf.
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NISSAN’S Leaf batteries have shown they go the distance after less than 0.01 per cent of those installed in 35,000 cars have failed.

Five years after the first models were built, data has shown 99.9per cent of the battery units made remain fit for purpose, with just three breaking during that time.

It is said to be a fraction of the equivalent industry-wide figure for defects affecting traditional combustion engines.

To prove their long-term reliability, Nissan tracked down the owner of the model which appeared in Top Gear’s test drive and electric vehicle advocate and presenter of online TV channel Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn, who owns a Leaf.

He said: “This comes as no surprise.

“There was a lot of apprehension about electric technology in the beginning, but with sales climbing month-on-month I struggle to see how these myths continue to be regurgitated today.”

Nissan says the Leaf has smashed its sales record with a 33 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year, taking more than a quarter of the market with 15,098 sales.

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of electric vehicles for Nissan in Europe, said: “The facts speak for themselves.

“The rate of battery faults in our vehicles is negligible, even the most ardent critic cannot argue with that.

Nissan’s Sunderland plant produces the Qashqai, Note and Juke and the Leaf, with the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles starting in 2012.