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Nissan Drops Leaf Price

January 15, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As Low as $18,800 for S Model, Depending on Incentives

Nissan is talking up Tennessee production of its all-electric Leaf passenger car for 2013, as well as U.S. production of the EV’s lithium ion batteries, and says that price reductions for this third model year make Leaf “the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States” – $28,800 for the newly-added S grade, which can be brought as low as $18,800 with incentives in some locales.

Nissan recently began U.S. assembly of the 2013 Nissan Leaf in Smyrna, Tenn., ‘a localization initiative that further drives efficiencies by leveraging already-existing equipment and processes while also reducing exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency.’€™ Lithium ion battery packs for the Leaf EV are built in an adjacent facility in Smyrna. The vehicle’s electric motor comes from Nissan’s powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn.

“Nissan’s objective for the Leaf has always been to produce an affordable zero-emission vehicle for the mass market, and the 2013 Leaf is a prime example of that commitment with increased value at every trim level, making it more accessible for more people,” the company said Monday.

“With nearly 50,000 Leafs on the road globally, we are the leaders in zero emissions vehicles and our class-leading product just got better,” Nissan global sales VP for Leaf Billy Hayes says in the company release.

‘A Green Car That’s Really Fun’

“From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience.” Hayes said. “Now customers won’t have to pay a premium for owning a green car that’s really fun to drive.”

Nissan has begun U.S. assembly of the 2013 Nissan Leaf at its plant in Smyrna, Tenn., “a localization initiative that further drives efficiencies by leveraging already-existing equipment and processes while also reducing exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency.”

Nissan’s avowed goal is to put more battery EVs on the road.

Nissan’s 48-module lithium ion battery packs are built in an adjacent facility in Smyrna while the vehicle’s 80-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor comes from Nissan’s powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn.

Leases as Low as $199

Nissan notes that eligible consumers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit, and some states and municipalities offer additional incentives. California residents can get a 2013 Nissan Leaf for as low as $18,800 after the federal tax credit and state rebate of $2,500.

Nissan will also continue its lease offer for the 2013 Leaf, allowing consumers to lease the electric vehicle for as low as $199 per month for 36 months, including tax credits and destination charges.

Nissan’s top-of-the-line Leaf SL boasts leather-appointed seats, 17-inch five spoke alloy wheels, a 480-volt DC fast-charge port, automatic on/off LED headlights, fog lights, photovoltaic solar panel rear spoiler and HomeLink Universal Transceiver. With an MSRP of $34,840, Nissan says, “the 2013 Leaf SL represents a $2,410 savings over a similar 2012 model.”


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Source: Nissan North America

 

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