The next generation of Nissan’s all-electric LEAF has arrived – and for the first time, buyers can lease batteries for the 100% electric car and choose one of three trim levels.
A new pricing structure has been introduced to reflect the three trim levels and the battery-leasing options now available – but things are far from complicated. 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.
Nissan’s announcement of a new era for emission-free motoring continues to drive the electric revolution forward. Owning an electric car has never been more appealing. Some of the benefits are well-known, such as 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.
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Prices after receipt of the plug-in car grant
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