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Leaf price increases by thousands for 2012  (Source: Nissan)
Prices go up significantly for Leaf

Of all the green cars on the road today, the two that get the most attention tend to be the pure electric Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, which is classified as a plug-in hybrid. The two cars are selling well and it looks like the price will be increasing for the 2012 model year on both of the vehicles.

Nissan has announced that the price on the Leaf will go up significantly in both base trim and SL trim for 2012. The base Leaf will see its price rise from $32,780 to $35,180. The SL will see an even larger price increase going from $33,720 to $37,250. Nissan also announced that it would up the lease price of the Leaf slightly to $369 monthly from $349 monthly for the 2011 model year.

Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Nissan North America said, "Many enthusiastic consumers have eagerly anticipated ordering a Nissan Leaf of their own, and now we can make zero-emissions mobility a reality in more markets." He also noted, " In response to direct feedback from Nissan Leaf owners, the features that customers want most will come standard on the 2012 Nissan Leaf — including quick charging and cold-weather features."

The quick charge feature allows the Leaf to be hooked to a 480v charger. That allows the Leaf to recharge in 30-minutes from a dead battery to 80% capacity. The cold weather gear includes a battery heater, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.

GM is also offering pricing details on its 2012 Volt. The base Volt for 2012 will have a price of $39,995 including the $850 destination charge. In 2011, the Volt started at $41,000. The Volt with navigation and Bose sound is rising in price by $990 compared to 2011 models.

In June, GM reports that it sold 2,745 Volts while Nissan reports selling 4,400 Leaf EVs.

Nissan is also already putting thought into what to do with Leaf batteries when the cars reach the end of their usable life.

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RE: In Other Words
By Natch on 7/21/2011 12:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
Worse than that, they're charging extra to add standard features that not everyone is going to need or want. I'm pretty sure that people in Houston or Phoenix will use their heated seats quite often! (eye roll)

Just another reason why I would never consider either the Leaf or the Volt.....boondoggles that they are!

RE: In Other Words
By Keeir on 7/21/2011 6:37:54 PM , Rating: 1
Most of the people are this thread are remarkably ignorant.

The real "addition" is the battery heater. The Nissan Leaf has an -aircooled- battery. Without a battery heater, this "feature" may significantly affect performance in Cold or Hot Weather in comparison to the Liquid Cooled Tesla and Volt batteries. Of course, the battery heater doesn't really help Hot Weather performance at all...

The second addition is a tacit admission that most consumers are afraid of Range Anxiety. Quick Charging capacity takes the maximum "fill rate" for new mileage from .25 miles/minute to 2 miles/minute. Pretty good... but the Volt (and any other Gas Car) are still way up at over 100 miles/minute.

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