For the first time, buyers of the new Nissan LEAF can lease batteries for the 100% electric car, as well as being able to choose one of three trim levels.
A new pricing structure has been introduced to reflect the three trim levels and the battery-leasing options.
Cars bought with leased batteries will be known as ‘Flex’ models and buyers will be able to get behind the wheel of an entry-level Visia LEAF on that basis for £15,990 (after receipt of the Government’s £5,000 plug-in grant).
The separate battery lease payment ranges from just £70 per month depending on the length of the contract and mileage covered.
The highest price anyone will pay for a LEAF is £25,490 (again, after receipt of the grant). This will be for a top-of-the-range Tekna LEAF, with the battery bought outright.
The new LEAF features more than 100 improvements over its predecessor – many of which were made as a result of feedback from Nissan’s active community of LEAF owners.
Most notably, the car’s range has been extended from 109 miles to 124 miles. And its battery is capable of recharging in about half the time of the first-generation LEAF.
The longer range has been achieved by improving the LEAF’s aerodynamics and its regenerative braking system and a more efficient E-powertrain. The real world range has also been improved with the introduction of a new heating system which is 70 per cent more efficient through the use of a heat pump in the system.
There’s also new interior trim, the addition of Nissan’s Around View Monitor technology, and new suspension settings specifically tailored for European roads.
The three trim levels available to UK buyers are Visia, Acenta and Tekna. All models have increased boot space because of the relocation of the charging point. There is a height adjust facility on both front seats and more foot space for passengers.
At the top of the range, Tekna features a BOSE energy-efficient sound system with a subwoofer and seven speakers. In addition, there are 17-inch alloys and LED headlamps.
There is also an enhanced battery warranty. The warranty on the previous-generation LEAF’s battery covered it against defective materials or workmanship for five years. The extended warranty also protects against capacity loss, with a commitment to repair or replace a battery which falls short of what might reasonably be expected. The repair or replacement option will be offered for any battery which falls below nine bars of the 12 bars displayed on the vehicle’s battery capacity gauge during the first five years or 60,000 miles of ownership (whichever comes first).
The benefits of the Nissan LEAF include the lack of Vehicle Excise Duty and exemption from the London congestion charge, but it’s becoming easier to charge up a Nissan LEAF on the move with more public charging points opening all the time. And of course the cost of a full battery charge is a fraction of the price of a tank of petrol.
Nissan’s Alliance partner Renault has recently come under fire from CAP because its electric cars are not available with the batteries included, meaning that used values can’t be forecasted.
New Nissan LEAF Pricing:
| Buy car, buy battery|| Buy car, lease battery|
Prices after receipt of the plug-in car grant
| Contract term|| <7,500 miles|| 9,000 miles|| 10,500 miles|| 12,000 miles|| 15,000 miles|
| 36 months+||£70.00||£77.00||£85.00||£93.00||£109.00|
| 24 months||£80.00||£87.00||£95.00||£103.00||£119.00|
| 12 months||£90.00||£97.00||£105.00||£113.00||£129.00|
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