Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Nissan LEAF Proves How Reliable EVs Can Be


While the headline at the 2020 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study was Hyundai’s luxury division, Genesis beating both Lexus and Porsche, there’s also one interesting takeaway in the study: the Nissan Leaf just beat everyone else as the most dependable compact car.

The Nissan Leaf ranked as the top performing non-premium vehicle, and at the top of the compact car segment with a score of 83 problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100)—figures that help it beat the likes of the Toyota Corolla.

Since the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study takes into account the first three years of vehicle ownership, this result is a validation of sorts of how reliable a Full EV could be. After all, the Leaf makes history as being the first EV to be included as one of the top results in the study’s 31-year history.

It also matches what the U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book has noted. Factoring in the vehicle purchase price, expected depreciation, fuel cost, finance charges, insurance, maintenance costs, and repair costs, the Nissan Leaf has the lowest cost of ownership even compared to the likes of the Toyota Corolla (the lowest one powered by a conventional gasoline engine).

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