RE: Nissan release cost of the Leaf pack at £3,840 inc VAT
GC, no-one ostracised you about the battery rental. You are entitled to your opinion, we just didn't agree with most of your opinion! Clearly, we sympathise but we went ahead with it so it doesn't look so bad to us.
This figure of £4k or whatever sounds like a loss-leader to me, or at least absolutely 'at-cost'. Battery packs aren't that cheap yet and they certainly aren't going to make a profit on selling battery packs at that price. Other EV builders will be trying to buy those packs just to strip them for the modules at that price and I am sure they will be promptly turned away if they don't have a Leaf. That's primarily why they want the return, so Leaf owners can't go buy up battery packs and sell them on.
Nissan need to do this to convince buyers the Leaf is a good future prospect. It certainly works for me - an EV with a fixed price £4k battery pack, if you need one after 8 years, sure works for me.
So... it's a sales pitch as far as I think at the moment, 'til I see something to the contrary. Leaf buyers will be paying for these packs in other ways (i.e. purchase price) without knowing it.
The Fluence battery is a more complex beast with cooling systems and quick-swap features. Obviously the latter are unimportant for us, and the former seems a bit of an efficiency liability in hot weather! But at least it is there, when Leaf batteries die in the hot.
Renault have no need to consider selling packs for Fluence at least, seeing as they are not selling any now. They can carry on receiving their revenue from us. Besides it is not 'Renault' but 'RCI' and they have little comprehension of what is happening at the road-side. All they see is a £9k price put into their system by Renault, and a small group of people paying a pm figure for it. The substance of that thing is immaterial to them. It is just a finance-commodity.