The Nissan Leaf, the fully-electric family car we saw at the , will be priced from 3.76 million yen (£27,000) when it goes on sale in Japan later this year.
This price announcement makes the Nissan Leaf about one million yen (£7,200) cheaper than the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, but still significantly more expensive than the at two million yen (£14,400). Admittedly, the Prius is a petrol-electric hybrid and does require regular fuel consumption – the Nissan Leaf on the other hand will use electricity from the grid at a much cheaper rate.
Nissan expects to sell 6,000 units a year in Japan and intends to start selling the car in both the United States and the UK from early 2011. Orders in Japan open next month, with deliveries expected to commence in December.
We hope the UK won’t be too far behind, especially as Nissan Sunderland is responsible for the manufacture of the Nissan Leaf.
Given the relatively high price of electric cars at present, Nissan has indicated that it will look into a leasing strategy to make monthly costs more palatable to end users.