EV Auto Service–Boy That was Easy

By Paul Gipe

It’s been a year since we started driving a 2015 Nissan Leaf, an all-electric car. (Time flies when you’re having fun.) So, it was time to take it into to Bakersfield Nissan for its required annual battery inspection.

We didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t know what it would cost. We’d never done this before.

We drove over to Nissan—10% State of Charge just to get there—and dropped the car off. They only have on technician trained to service the Leaf.

It was ready the next morning and when we went to pick up the car there was a brief report on the battery—very brief. “Your score is very high and good for your battery.” Yep, that’s it.

They also did a factory recall on the brakes, something the message boards had warned about.

The message boards also warned that dealers will try to sell EV drivers services they don’t really need during the annual inspection. There was none of that. They didn’t try to sell us anything.

And there was no charge. Zero, null, zip.

We’ve driven the car 7,300 miles without any service whatsoever and when we took it to the dealer there was no charge for it’s annual inspection.

We have put air in the tires. (EV drivers had recommended adjusting the air pressure seasonally.) That’s it.

Bakersfield Nissan even washed the car—at no charge.

I hit the DC Fast Charge station before I left. (It was working.) Picked up 30% State of Charge in ten minutes and drove home.

What’s not to like.