Nissan’s Leaf electric car will cost £23,350 when it goes on sale in February 2011.
The world’s first mass-produced electric car will be priced to sell. At £23,350, it will cost about the same as a well-specified Toyota Prius – and around £10,000 less than Mitsubishi’s smaller i-MiEV electric car.
The Leaf price includes a £5,000 grant from the UK government. It’s not yet clear whether this grant will be offered after 2013, but economies of scale may see the Leaf’s price dropping as production increases.
A finance package for the Leaf will be announced in July, but Nissan will not offer a ‘battery swap’ leasing deal on the car as some industry experts had predicted.
Nissan says that servicing costs will be 15% lower than for a similarly-sized petrol or diesel car. And company car drivers will benefit from considerable tax incentives after purchase.
Nissan Leaf specification
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