Electric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490)

January 24th, 2013 § Comments Off on Electric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490) § permalink

Nissan Leaf hatchback side

Nissan Leaf now starts at £23,490.

The price of the all-electric Nissan Leaf has been cut by £2,500. That means the electric hatchback##Q##s prices now start at £23,490, if you include the government electric car grant. If you opt to lease the Leaf, prices now start at £239 per month.

The Nissan Leaf comes well equipped as standard. The electric car includes sat-nav that incorporates Nissan##Q##s Carwings system – this allows the owner to control the heating and air-con settings, and monitor the charging process remotely via a smart phone. The Leaf also includes a rear-view parking camera, Intelligent Key, LED headlamps and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. It also achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The Nissan Leaf remains extremely cheap to run. As it##Q##s fully electric, a battery recharge costs a fraction of what filling up the petrol tank of an ordinary car would cost, and the Leaf is also exempt from road tax and benefit-in-kind company car tax.

Talking about the Leaf price cut, Nissan Europe senior vice president, Paul Willcox, said: “There##Q##s no doubt that Nissan Leaf is a revolution, and existing customers are passionate in their belief that zero-emission mobility is not the future, but is here now. Nissan##Q##s objective for Leaf has always been to bring zero-emission mobility within reach of the mass market. Our price reduction underlines that commitment.”

For buyers who are concerned about how they would charge their Leaf, Nissan is quick to point out that the number of public electric car charging points is continuing to grow, including the availability of rapid chargers that can replenish the Leaf##Q##s battery from empty to 80 per cent full in 30 minutes.

Nissan##Q##s decision to reduce the price of the Leaf is part of a global effort to make electric cars more affordable in its three major markets of Japan, Europe and the United States.

The Japanese company has so far sold 50,000 Leafs worldwide. From spring this year, production of the Leaf will begin at Nissan##Q##s European factory in Sunderland, in addition to those already being made in Japan and the USA.

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