Nissan Leaf price?

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There is a new rumor around claiming the all electric Leaf will start at about $38 500 in Japan.

The Prius is priced pretty much the same as in the US over there, so it might give us a good idea of the actual price in the US.
That doesn’t include a $7500 tax credit.
And Nissan might also be more aggressive over here. So we could see a leaf for under $30 000 after all.
Which is where it should be.
I am all for electric cars, but no matter what, a Versa based car shouldn’t be $40 000.
They might also offer interesting leases on the car too.
We’ll see….

Conversation 10 comments

  1. $40k… please! A Versa-based golf cart shouldn't be over $15k. A 100-mile maximum range is awful. What if it's winter, then the range is only going to be 60-miles? What if I want to run the radio, or the A/C, then the range is only 40-miles? Even if I don't run errands, this is still 20-miles short of my average daily commute. Who would even consider dealing with that kind of anxiety? The Leaf is so impractical for the vast majority of people, it renders it almost worthless. I'm considering the Volt, witch can actually be used as a real roadtrip car.

  2. To anonymous (post #2) who's considering the Volt, please go get it. If you drive more than 100 miles a day or if you have only one vehicle in the household and need to use it for long distance trips, then the benefits of the Leaf can't be realized by you.

    Dept Of Transportation data shows that 98% of Americans drive less than 100 miles a day. The Leaf gives these people the ability to achieve zero tailpipe emission which is what the Volt or the plug-in Prius cannot do. The Prius plug-in is ~ 12 miles on pure electric before the engine needs to come on, the Volt ~ 40 miles.

    A 100 mile range on pure battery alone without compromising the ability to carry passengers or cargo is very impressive, you fail to realize it because you don't understand the technology.

    This is about zero tailpipe emission and meets the needs of the majority. It will not work for everyone. Plain and simple.

    You're pretty ignorant if you think this is a Versa-based golf cart and shouldn't cost more than 15k. I want to see what you have to say when they announce the Volt pricing.

  3. I wonder how of the money wasted in development of these laughable cars could have been put to better development of exisitng powertrain systems.

  4. I'm with post #1…I'll never purchase a Nissan again…especially one w/ new technology (aka, Electric Car).

    When the Volt comes out, if I'm in the market for a car – that's my likely next purchase.

    It addresses all the concerns I have – as per post #3.

  5. in MotorTrend's latest family sedan picks, Nissan ranks dead last. this car is just a publicity stunt for them… their ceo is a complete arrogant ass… Nissan needs a new direction and a total change of leadership.

  6. To Anonymous post #3… No need for name calling. To come up with $15k as the benchmark, I compare cars like this to another impractical niche cars that almost requires you to own a second "real" car, the Smart. The Leaf is based on an old existing Nissan platform, and there is no new technology. Where is there any innovation that would cause this to cost nearly $40k? It does seem that they used the Volt as a benchmark to price the Leaf, but with none of the benefits that makes the Volt a realistic car to own.

    While most people drive under 100 miles per day, nearly everyone drives over 100 miles frequently. Is it "green" to have to own a second vehicle? And for the maximum range to be 100 miles is simply not good enough given the reality that there are countless factors that will reduce that range significantly. We are going to see a lot of these little buggers on the side of the road.

  7. If you look at it fairly, this is wonderful. If Nissan has combined this technology in their hybrid system it will be a very good system. I doubt they did not use the finds for both system. Besides NISSAN/INFINITI power to mileage is very good. I just wish they use smaller engines with turbos or diesel-hybrids worldwide.

  8. "If Nissan has combined this technology in their hybrid system it will be a very good system."

    But they didn't, so it's not.This car is half-baked and is going to be a huge disappointment for Nissan.

  9. How will it be a disappointment because the deisgn looks like the Prius with CR-V tailigths? The Hyudnai I Flow and Kia Ray doesn't look like the Prius, Insight or that ugly leaf.

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