Not too long ago, Malaysians were sent into shock at the alleged cost to replace a lithium-ion battery pack for a Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec Hybrid and naturally, consumers have become more cautious when making a purchase on a high-voltage car.
To reassure customers with the longevity and sustainability (for their pockets at least) of their hybrid models, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has just revealed the cost to replace the lithium-ion battery pack on their facelifted Nissan X-Trail 2.0L Hybrid at a press conference.
According to Director of Sales and Marketing of ETCM, Christopher Tan, should you need a battery replacement on the X-Trail Hybrid beyond the 5-Years (Unlimited Mileage) warranty coverage, it would cost RM25,000 inclusive of installation.
This price is uniform across the SEA region and Tan attributed the high cost of the battery pack to the 30% import duty applied as the component(s) is fully imported from Japan. The cost of disposing the damaged batteries by exporting to Norway for recycling is also factored into the price.
Looking at the lump sum of RM25,000 in isolation is indeed a shocker for many, however, ETCM as assured that customers can opt for the TC Warranty Plus extended warranty package for all its hybrid-powered models for additional peace of mind.
The TC Warranty Plus provides customers with 2 to 4-Years of additional warranty coverage which also covers the hybrid components at a fraction of the cost of a new lithium-ion battery pack.