However, for older used vehicles, battery rental is much more appropriate. Not only is the car significantly cheaper to buy, but the older the car, the more attractive the idea of battery rental becomes because you don`t have a battery to worry about. We already see this with the first Nissan Leaf cars with the battery and as the health battery condition decreases, as well as the value of the car. But with battery rental vehicles, they have a higher value and have even increased considerably in recent years. Allowing Flex Leaf owners to purchase the battery is further proof that Nissan is abandoning the battery rental system. In Portugal and Spain, Nissan has already completely removed the Flex option, as you can see here. Sometimes the batteries are rented and are not purchased directly, so you don`t have to worry about the cost of replacing them. This is the case with the Renault Twizy and Fluence, Smart ForTwo ED as well as some Nissan Leafs and Renault Zoes. You pay a monthly fee to rent the battery, and if the power decreases (usually below 75% maximum capacity), it is replaced as long as it is under warranty. I think battery rentals are unpopular because the sums of money are much larger. This is not a monthly payment that the average worker does not notice. It is a constant burden for the buyer`s economy, and much more expensive than the cost of financing the outial purchase of the battery. The replacement cost of a package if not on a lease agreement starts at about $4,920 for a Nissan Leaf.
And I see the leasing battery as a scam mainly because of the price of Zoe without the battery is extremely high. If it cost the same as a Clio, I wouldn`t think like that. Most insurance companies now take into account the specifics of electric vehicles and update their services with new forms of coverage. This means that the leasing service is included in the insurance policies. The fact that the battery belongs to the car manufacturer and driver is already recognized, which facilitates the payment process in the event of a disaster. The insurance policy must therefore refer to the battery and insure it for the amount indicated on the rental contract. In addition, it is advisable to check if your electric vehicle battery repair shops are certified if your insurer has its own support network. At the end of 2014, Nissan claimed that, thanks to the ease of use and economic benefits of their electric cars, most Leaf drivers would never again use an ICE (thermal engine) car. This was based on a survey of only 76 owners at a time when 6,500 Leafs had been sold in the UK. So you should buy a used electric car and join the ranks of owners who have come up with the idea of running with battery power? Of course, there are things to be careful about. Older cars will almost certainly have less range, so fear of range is really one thing. And the other thing of fear is the battery.
Is this going to take time? Is it included in the price or is it rented? These are crucial questions.