Nissan Leaf Base Model Price Drops by More Than $6,000 to $28,800
January 15, 2013 3:40 AM
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The drop in prices are mainly due to the fact that Nissan has moved Leaf production from Japan to Tennessee
just experienced a dramatic price drop, making it the cheapest five-seater electric vehicle (EV) in the U.S. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the price of the base model 2013 Leaf has been cut by $6,400. Last year’s base model went for $35,200, and now, the 2013 Leaf S will sell for $28,800 to start before a $7,500 federal tax credit (and any applicable state credit/rebate) is applied.
A couple of other Leaf models have seen a price cut as well. The Leaf SV will drop from last year’s price of $35,200 to $31,820 this year. The Leaf SL is also going from $37,250 last year to $34,840 this year.
“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,” said Billy Hayes, Global vice president of Leaf sales for Nissan. “From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience. Now customers won’t have to pay a premium for owning a green car that’s really fun to drive, and that’s exciting.”
2013 Nissan Leaf
The drop in prices is mainly due to the fact that Nissan has moved Leaf production from Japan to Tennessee. It also has its lithium-ion batteries and motors manufactured there. Nissan announced that it began Leaf production at a new plant in Smyrna, Tennessee last Thursday. It will build the Leaf and gasoline vehicles in this plant, while building batteries at a separate plant next door. The plant is the result of a 2010 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loan for $1.4 billion. According to the DOE, Nissan can build up to 150,000 Leafs and 200,000 batteries annually at the Tennessee plants
Nissan’s Leaf had a rough time last year as far as sales and performance goes. In July 2012, Leaf owners in Arizona complained that their
EVs were losing significant battery capacity
in the desert’s high heat. Nissan
responded by basically saying that this was normal
and promised more open communication with owners of the Leaf EV.
Later, Nissan had to admit that it
wasn’t going to hit its sales mark for 2012
, which was 20,000 Leafs. Nissan only sold 9,819 Leafs for the whole year -- less than half of its goal, and only 1.5 percent higher than the number it sold in 2011.
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RE: Been waiting
1/15/2013 10:45:27 AM
What they need is something like the Leaf, but with a small generator and a small gas tank that could re-charge the batteries when you don't have access to to a plug. Make it so the generator could run while the car is turned off and parked.
Even a 5 gallon tank would be enough to charge the batteries a couple times. (30mpg x 5 gallons = 150 miles, or 2x the battery range).
This way if I needed to drive 60 miles one way, I could have the batteries charge up while I'm visiting and then have the power to drive back home.
RE: Been waiting
1/15/2013 12:49:31 PM
I totally agree. You can buy 30hp motors for $1k, so I think it would only cost $2k for Nissan to make a small generator and squeeze it in the hood while removing some batteries. A nicer body would help, too :)
99% of the time you wouldn't have to stop to recharge, either. That's enough to cruise on the highway while also recharging a bit.
The only problem is marketing. The Volt was unfairly trashed for getting 37MPG on gas, even though you'd only be using that mode for 1/4 of your miles or less. This cheapo solution would likely only get 30MPG in range extended mode.
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