Nissan announces LEAF price

Nissan today announced that the price of the electric LEAF in the UK will be £23,350, including battery, after the £5000 government incentive. Reservations will begin in July and the Nissan LEAF goes on sale in the UK in February 2011.

The company also announced specific prices for the Republic of Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands, the other three initial European launch markets for the Nissan LEAF.

The Nissan LEAF is a compact, zero-emission five-passenger family car that comes fully equipped with features such as air conditioning, satellite navigation, a parking camera, a quick charge socket and innovative smart-phone connectivity.

In the UK, EV customers also benefit from zero vehicle excise duty and zero company car tax for five years – as well as savings in fuel costs of at least £500 per year.

The price in the Republic of Ireland will be 29,995 Euros (£25,637) after 5,000 Euros in government incentives. Buyers will be exempt from vehicle registration tax, which can amount to as much as 3,800 Euros on a C-segment car. Sales in Ireland begin in February next year.

Nissan has decided to launch first in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands due to significant government incentives for electric cars, and the ongoing development of charging infrastructure for their successful adoption. By the end of next year, the LEAF will be available in every major Western European country.

In addition to purchasing the car outright, customers will also be able to buy the car on a Nissan finance plan. Details will be released in July.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance is investing over four billion Euros to lead the auto industry in electric vehicles, with eight products across three brands,” said Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan International SA. “This investment includes five battery plants and seven confirmed assembly plants, including Sunderland in the UK. This reflects the strong commitment the alliance has made to electric vehicles and our determination to lead the market.”

Keywords: Nissan LEAF price £23,350 including battery after £5000 government incentive, reservations begin in July, LEAF goes on sale in the UK in February 2011