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Nissan Adding Range, Lowering Base Price on Leaf

New entry-level model to reach US showrooms in 2013.

by on Nov.20, 2012

Nissan will have some updates to the Leaf battery car coming in 2013.

Nissan aims to address two of the most common concerns about its Leaf battery-electric vehicle, range and price, with a series of updates that will extend driving distance and lower the cost on a new, stripped-down model.

The announcement in Tokyo, earlier today, focused on versions of the Leaf sold only in the Japanese home market. But Nissan plans to take similar steps in the U.S., as well. A new entry-level version of the Leaf will reach American showrooms next year while all U.S. versions will likely also see range extended as Nissan continues to evolve the breakthrough battery-cars electric drivetrain.

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“People who try out the Leaf are moved,” said Nissan Senior Vice President Masaaki Nishizawa. “But they are worried about cruise range.”

In Japanese trim, the updated Leaf will now get 142 miles per charge compared with 124 miles before.  Range is a highly subjective number and depends heavily on driving conditions including weather.  Operating a vehicle like the Leaf at highway speeds on a cold day significantly reduces the distance it can travel between charges.


Nissan to Introduce Lower-Priced Leaf

Less expensive model to debut after launch of US production.

by on Oct.09, 2012

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn at the Leaf debut.

Hoping to sharply boost demand – while also taking advantage of its new, lower-cost U.S. production base – Nissan plans to introduce a lower-priced version of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle next year.

The move will follow the December 2012 launch of production of the Leaf on a new assembly line at the sprawling Nissan manufacturing center in Smyrna, Tennessee.  Currently, the battery car is imported from Japan – which means it is subject to lopsided exchange rates penalizing the Japanese yen.

Cutting the price could prove critical to near-term sales, as well as the long-term viability, of the Nissan Leaf. After a moderately strong start in 2011, sales have taken an unexpected dive this year.

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The new model will feature far less content, “though this is not a stripper,” according to a well-placed Nissan source.  That translates into no navigation system or HID headlights – features normally not found in the segment a vehicle the size of a Nissan Leaf would normally compete in were it not for its unique battery drivetrain.


2012 Nissan Leaf: More Car, but More Money

Higher price tag for winter package, quick charger, as battery car rolls into more markets.

by on Jul.19, 2011

The 2012 Nissan Leaf will deliver more car - but at a higher price tag.

With production finally ramping up, sales of the Nissan Leaf are on the rise and should grow even faster, in the coming months, as the maker expands the number of U.S. markets where the battery car is available.

But electric aficionados could be in for an unpleasant surprise, with the introduction of the updated 2012 Nissan Leaf.  The modified model will get new equipment, such as a winter driving package and a more powerful quick charger, but it will also cost more, the company today revealed.

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“Many enthusiastic consumers have eagerly anticipated ordering a Nissan LEAF of their own, and now we can make zero-emissions mobility a reality in more markets,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America.

Leaf was initially available in seven states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.  On Monday, July 25, the maker will add Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Nissan is expanding Leaf production - and availability.

Meanwhile, Carolin noted, the Japanese maker is also upgrading Leaf for 2012.  “In response to direct feedback from Nissan LEAF owners, the features that customers want most will come standard on the 2012 Nissan LEAF – including quick charging and cold-weather features.”

The latter package will include such things as seat heaters.  Studies show that motorists are less likely to turn the heater of a vehicle on full blast – which, in a battery car seriously degrades range – if they have heated seats.

As for the quick charger, the current Leaf’s built-in charger is a modest 3.3 kilowatt system, which requires almost 8 hours even on 220 volts.  For 2012, the top-line SL trim Leaf will get a Level 3 DC quick charge port that is capable of yielding an 80% charge in just 30 minutes.  It was previously a $700 option.  The downside is that there are only a handful of those 440-volt chargers available to the public right now.  But there are plans in the works to add hundreds of them around the country in the next several years.

Unfortunately, Leaf customers will have to wait until 2013 to get an upgraded Level 2 charger, which increases the built-in charger’s capacity from 3.3 to 6.6 kilowatts – about the same as the system that will be offered on the upcoming Ford Focus Electric and Ford C-Max battery-electric microvan.  That should reduce home charging times to under 4 hours.

The added features on the 2012 Nissan Leaf will drive the base price up by 7.4%, or $2,420, to $35,200.  The SL model will start at $37,250, compared with $34,570 for the 2011 version.  (Add another $850 for destination charges.)

For those who prefer to lease, Nissan will add $30 to the monthly fee, bringing the total to $369 for 2011.

The increased price tag for the 2012 Leaf will narrow the gap between the Nissan batter-electric vehicle and the plug-in hybrid most often seen as its chief competition.  The 2011 Chevrolet Volt carried an MSRP of $41,000.  For 2012, however, Chevy is cutting the base price to $39,995.

Competition will become even more intense in the upcoming model-year, however, as an assortment of new battery-based vehicles come to market, including the C-Max, Focus Electric, Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Mitsubishi i.  Formerly known as the iMiEV, the Japanese battery car will start at $27,990, though it will also be smaller than either the Volt or Leaf.

Qualified buyers will also be eligible for $7,500 in federal tax credits and additional incentives in more than a dozen states.

So far, Nissan had delivered more than 4,000 Leaf sedans to U.S. motorists.

A Nissan Leaf for $12,000?

Extensive tax incentives could shave nearly 2/3 off sticker price.

by on Oct.25, 2010

Could you put a 2011 Nissan Leaf in your driveway for just $12,000?

Imagine getting a new 2011 Nissan Leaf for nearly two-thirds off the sticker price.  That very well could happen for some buyers of the battery-electric vehicle if they live and work in the right places.

Given the range of tax credits and other givebacks coming online, some Leaf customers could drive one home for barely $12,000.

Nissan has put a base of $32,780 on the BEV.  But that doesn’t take into account the $7,500 federal tax credit that will be offered on the 2011 Leaf (for the first 200,000 customers, anyway).

And it also ignores an array of state and local incentives, and even some incentives from green-minded employers, notes Mark Perry, the Nissan product planning chief overseeing the maker’s battery program.

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Washington State, for one, waves the sales tax for buyers. The State of Colorado, meanwhile, has approved a $6,000 credit of its own.  In fact, 13 states now have some form of financial incentives in place covering battery cars and other green, high-mileage models, including the 2011 Nissan Leaf.

In California, the credit is a smaller $5,000, but Leaf buyers also will get the coveted HOV decal that permits a motorist to drive in the freeway car pool lanes even with only one person onboard.