When the Nissan Leaf came out in 2010, it debuted with a smartphone service called Carwings. Among the features offered by Carwings was the ability to find nearby charging stations, see how far and efficiently you traveled, and check the charging status of your EV. But Nissan wants CarWings to go deeper. Like, a lot deeper, prying into the state of your battery’s health to give owners regular updates.
This is likely another effect of a minor controversey over rapid battery degradation experienced by some Leaf owners in the hot hot hot Southwest US. Wards Auto reports that Nissan wants to let Leaf owners peer into their battery’s health status and see if its degrading faster than it should.
This could cause some drivers to alter their driving or charging habits, and keep them updated on how their car is doing. With a conventional car, you can usually hear or smell when something goes wrong, but in an EV the battery doesn’t whine or scrape when its ready to be replaced.
Nissan is aiming to put more information in the pockets of EV buyers, and that can only be construed as a good thing. It will also let Leaf owners know when they’re ready for a new battery, which is basically an inevitability. Given how little maintenance there is on the rest of the car though, a new battery every eight years or so is a small price to pay.