2013 Nissan Leaf is now cheaper in the UK

Article by Christian A., on January 24, 2013

Nissan’s all-electric Nissan LEAF is now cheaper by £2,500. This change is part of a worldwide effort for zero-emission mobility to become less expensive in Japan, Europe and the U.S. (the three key markets of the pioneering electric vehicle). UK customers will benefit from the reduced retail price and from offers like low rate finance.

The new price takes effect immediately, before the updated LEAF arrives. This is aside from the incentive that’s given by the government. As a result, a brand new LEAF costs only £23,490 (or just £239 each month).

Aside from the new price, LEAF customers will also be delighted with the super low running expenses, with a battery recharge that only costs a portion of the cost of a tank of fuel. Since the LEAF is fully electric, it’s eligible for zero road tax and is also exempted from the company car ‘benefit-in-kind’ tax.

Furthermore, a rising number of public charging points provide quick and convenient measures to charge the battery, such as a network of rapid chargers. As a result, it takes less than 30 minutes to give the LEAF an 80% charge.

Nissan LEAF was given the World, European and Japan Car of the Year Awards during its launch in 2011. Throughout the world, around 50,000 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles have been sold.

The response to the LEAF shows that battery-powered cars are prepared to contribute much to a global reduction in vehicle emissions. The Nissan LEAF gets a highly impressive set of standard equipment.

Included in its standard satellite navigation system is Carwings, Nissan’s unique telematics system which permits an owner to manage the heating and air conditioning settings and to check on the charging process remotely with the use of a smart phone.

The front end of the new Nissan Leaf is defined by a sharp, upright V-shaped design as bordered by long, up-slanting LED (light emitting diode) headlights with blue internal reflective design. Aside from making the Nissan Leaf stand out, these headlights are designed to split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thereby reducing wind noise and aerodynamic drag. Moreover, since these headlights are LED units, their electricity consumption is just 10 percent of that of conventional lamps.

Inside, the Nissan Leaf features a stylish and pleasing environment, thanks to bright trim colors. For instance, the new Leaf features a "blue earth" color theme, which is derived from the Aqua Globe body color first seen on the Leaf’s introductory model. This color theme is featured through the Leaf’s blue dashboard highlights as well as instrument illumination.

One of the featured elements of the new Nissan Leaf is its exclusive advanced IT system that is linked to a global data center accessible anytime of the day. This advanced IT system provides drivers with support, information and entertainment. It also includes a dash-mounted monitor that shows the EV’s “reachable area” or remaining power as well as a number of nearby charging stations.

Interestingly, the new Nissan Leaf allows users to employ their smartphones to set charging functions --even when the car is powered down – or switch on air-conditioning. In addition, the Leaf features an on-board remote-controlled timer that could be pre-programmed to recharge batteries.

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