The big looming problem with old EVs: It’s really, really hard to change the battery


When Clayton Brander’s Nissan Leaf first hit the showroom floor in 2013, it was advertised as having a range of 121 kilometres. Now, after 116,589 km on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, the car’s instrument cluster claims to have a range of 98 km, but Clayton says “it’s realistically more like 75 km if you don’t use heat or air conditioning and the weather conditions are perfect.” So Brander set out to do what he assumed would be easy: Call the dealer and buy a new battery. But the Powell River man soon discovered that virtually no B.C. dealer had ever installed a post-warranty battery, and they even struggled to quote him a price.

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