Nissan Reports Software Problems Caused EV Charging Damages, Not GE WattStation

July 31, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Nissan and GE have completed their investigation into reports that GE’s WattStation home EV charger damaged 11 Nissan LEAF EVs. Nissan has traced the root cause of the issue to the LEAFs on-board charging (OBC) software that can allow damage to occur to its OBC components while using certain chargers and in certain instances, such as when a brief under voltage or blackout condition occurs.

Nissan states that it is working to address this issue as quickly as possible, and in the meantime is advising customers to avoid charging during times when brownouts or momentary power dips may be likely, such as during electrical storms or high power usage on the grid.

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