Nissan dealers won't be able to sell oil changes to owners of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
Instead, Nissan executive Larry Dominique suggests that they offer free battery charges to customers. The payoff for dealers: To get their batteries recharged, Leaf owners would have to remain at the dealership for about half an hour.
That's just one of several changes dealers will face when selling the Leaf, which debuts in the United States in selected markets late next year.
Financing likely will have to be through Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. "For the initial cars, we want to control that residual value," says Dominique, vice president for product planning.
The Leaf's residual value will depend on the battery pack, which could have a useful life in other applications after it is no longer suitable for vehicle use. Indeed, Nissan has considered pricing the car and the battery separately because buying the battery is equivalent to buying tanks of fuel in advance. Nissan wants comparison shoppers to look at the Leaf's operating costs, not just the purchase price.