The Nissan LEAF has been named the most reliable electric car in a study carried out by one of Britain’s best-known warranty companies. The research carried out by Warrantywise looked at the frequency of repairs, common faults, cost of repair and age of the car at the time of repair.
In this study, combustion-engined models were also evaluated, with the LEAF also finishing an impressive seventh overall. This is great news for both electric cars and the Nissan LEAF, which recently celebrated its 500,000th model rolling off the production line in Sunderland England.
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB, said: ‘‘We are thrilled at the recognition LEAF has received in recent weeks. No matter what technology powers a car, reliability is key and it is pleasing to see Leaf receive independent verification for its dependability.
‘‘Not only is LEAF a brilliant choice as a new car but it’s a vehicle that truly stands the test of time and delivers many years of trouble-free, low-cost and emission-free motoring.’’
Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warrantywise, said: “Scepticism surrounding the reliability and powertrain longevity of electric vehicle technology, particularly the ability of the batteries to consistently hold full charging capacity, has been a concern in the early uptake of plug-in electric vehicles.
”It is encouraging to see that the major electric vehicle components, such as the powertrain, outperform petrol and diesel counterparts after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. Overall numbers of repairs and the severity and complexity of them are encouragingly low for anyone eyeing up a second-hand electric car bargain.”