Nissan announced that US pricing for the updated 2013 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle (earlier post) will start at an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added entry-level S grade—an 18% reduction from the $35,200 MSRP of the 2012 LEAF entry model, the SV. The entry-level 2013 LEAF S becomes the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States.
Under the new pricing, the 2013 LEAF SV—now the mid-level model—carries an MSRP of $31,820, while the top-end 2013 LEAF SL has an MSRP of $34,480. The 2012 LEAF SL had an MSRP of $37,250. Depending on location, some consumers may purchase the 2013 LEAF for as low as $18,800 with qualifying federal and state tax credits, putting the LEAF on par with gas-powered vehicles of its size.
|MSRPs of 2012 LEAF and 2013 LEAF|
|Model||MY 2012 MSRP||MY 2013 MSRP||Δ|
|LEAF S||–||$28,800||-18% relative to '12 SV|
Nissan recently began US assembly of the 2013 Nissan LEAF at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., a localization initiative that further drives efficiencies by leveraging already-existing equipment and processes while also reducing exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency. The battery packs that power LEAF are built in an adjacent facility in Smyrna while the vehicle's electric motor comes from Nissan’s powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., further supporting efficient manufacturing.
Eligible consumers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit, and some states and municipalities offer additional incentives. For example, California residents can get a 2013 Nissan LEAF for as low as $18,800 after the federal tax credit and state rebate of $2,500.
Nissan will also continue its lease offer for the 2013 LEAF, allowing consumers to lease the electric vehicle for as low as $199 per month for 36 months, which includes tax credits and destination charges.
Now in its third model year, the Nissan LEAF has nearly 50,000 cumulative sales worldwide. For 2013, the LEAF features numerous customer-focused upgrades. LEAF is powered by an 80 kW AC synchronous motor produced at Nissan’s Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn. The 2013 LEAF’s output is 107 hp (80 kW), with 187 lb-ft (254 N·m ) of torque. Energy is supplied by an advanced 48-module lithium-ion battery made at the new battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn.
The 2013 Nissan LEAF is offered in three models, the LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL.
The standard features in the S include 6-way manual driver’s seat; 4-way manual front passenger’s seat; trip computer (instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range); Automatic Temperature Control (ATC); center console storage; and 3.6 kW onboard charger. Other standard equipment includes Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start; Bluetooth hands-free phone system; power windows with driver’s window one-touch auto up/down; power door locks with auto locking feature; remote charge door release; variable intermittent windshield wipers; AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability; and a 12-volt power outlet.
LEAF SV models are upgraded to 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels; a 6.6 kW onboard charger; cruise control; auto dimming rear view mirror; energy-saving hybrid heating system; an upgraded 6-speaker sound system; 7-inch color LCD display; Pandora link for iPhone users; Nissan Navigation system with CARWINGS telematics; and B-mode setting for increased regenerative braking.
LEAF SL adds leather-appointed seats; 17-inch five spoke alloy wheels; DC 480V fast charge port; automatic on/off LED headlights; fog lights; photovoltaic solar panel rear spoiler; and HomeLink Universal Transceiver.
The incremental aerodynamic and energy management improvements in the updated 2013 LEAF are expected to improve the range over previous model years. Final range estimates for the 2013 Nissan LEAF are awaiting EPA test cycle verification.