Nissan announced the European price for its new Leaf electric car which will be less than 30,000 euros after incentives. Already receiving orders which are bigger than the capacity of the factory, the Leaf is the most daring car in Nissan's history.
Nissan-Renault alliance has invested more than 4 billion euros in electric vehicles and together, the manufacturers hope to the French-Japanese alliance partners past Toyota Motor Corp. as the world leader in environmentally friendly cars.
Those who want to order the Nissan Leaf have to know that these will start in July in the UK, Netherlands, Ireland and Portugal and the car will make its European showroom debut in December. Regarding U.S. buyers, the manufacturer already started taking reservations and the starting price is $32,780 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Interested buyers in the United Kingdom could avail of the new Nissan LEAF, including the battery, at just GBP28,350 (EUR33,353), sans government incentives. The UK government has declared it will refund 25 percent of the purchase price of a pure electric vehicle – that includes the Nissan Leaf – with a GBP5,000 limit.
Once UK government incentives are credited, the Nissan LEAF would have a price of GBP23,350 (EUR27,471). Nissan will commence sales of the Nissan LEAF in the UK in February 2011. Further incentives await those who purchase the Leaf in the UK, thereby further defraying the costs while encouraging consumers to avail of the EV.
For instance, customers could benefit from the zero vehicle excise duty and zero company car tax for five years. Moreover, customers could save an average of EUR600 (GBP513) in annual fuel costs, compared to a conventional car, making the Nissan LEAF a very good deal to strike.
In the Republic of Ireland, the purchase price, after EUR5,000 in government incentives, is EUR29,995 (GBP25,637). Moreover, buyers won't have to pay for vehicle registration tax, which could reach EUR3,800 on a C-segment car. Nissan is bound to start sales of the EV in Ireland in February next year.
In the Netherlands, the Nissan LEAF could be purchased at EUR32,839 (GBP28,068 Pounds). Instead of making refunds, subsidies for the LEAF in the Netherlands come in the form of zero vehicle registration and road taxes – giving private car owners around EUR6,000 and company car owners EUR19,000 in tax savings over five years.
Nissan will commence selling the LEAF in the Netherlands in December. In Portugal, the Nissan Leaf can be bought for EUR29,955 (GBP25,603), once EUR5,000 in government incentives are taken into account. Furthermore, owners of the Nissan LEAF in the country are exempted from paying road tax.
Sales of the LEAF in Portugal will commence in December. Nissan decided to launch sales of the Nissan LEAF in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal since these countries offer incentives for electric cars, and because there is an ongoing development of charging infrastructure. Nissan plans to introduce the LEAF in every major country in Western Europe country by the end of next year.