2017 Nissan Leaf costs slightly higher with $30,680 starting price

Article by Christian A., on December 3, 2016

Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as the world’s all-time best selling highway-capable all-electric car with almost 240,000 units sold. This compact five-door hatchback electric car first reached the streets of America in 2010 and conquered Canada and Europe the following year.

In September 2016, Leaf sales in Japan reached to almost 70,000 units while 64,000 units have been sold in Europe (Norway leading with 18,600 registered units, followed by the UK with 15,000 units). However, the world’s largest Leaf market is the United States where sales have surpassed the 100,000-unit milestone in October of this year.

The 2016 model year Nissan Leaf was offered in three trim grades – S, SV and SL – and will be carried over to the 2017 model. However, there will be a slight increase in the prices for the 2017 model. The entry-level 2017 model will now have a 30-kWh battery which slightly affects its pricing; from $29,010, the 2017 entry-level Leaf will be sold with a $30,680 price tag.

Although it is more expensive than the outgoing model, Nissan offers quite a bit more for the 2017 model. For its thirty-thousand buck price tag, the Leaf will be able to go beyond 100 miles (161 km) of zero-emissions driving range as well as a faster charging time with the use of a quick charger – from a low battery warning, the Leaf can charge up to 80% in approximately 30 minutes. For a full charge, a Level II, 240-volt, home charging system may be used for approximately six hours.

Moreover, the new lithium-ion battery pack comes with an eight-year 100,000-mile (160,934 km) limited warranty (whichever comes first). An 80-kW synchronous motor powers all Nissan Leaf models generating 107 horsepower (109 PS) and 187 lb.-ft. of torque.

Now there are also a few standard equipment which will come with the new Leaf such as the RearView Monitor and Bluetooth. The SV and SL trim grades however will have NissanConnectSM with Navigation as well as a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, voice recognition, HD Radio, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel LinkTM.

The said display system will give passengers access to weather information for those planning to go on long trips, fuel prices, stock information, sports and movie listings for those date nights. It also comes with NissanConnect EV. Furthermore, a Premium Package is also readily available for these two grades and will have an additional Around Vie Monitor and Bose premium sound system.

The 2017 Nissan Leaf SV and SL grades will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $34,200 and $36,790, respectively.

Nissan Leaf has received various awards since its production in 2010 and is a world-renowned alternative to petrol-using everyday transportation. It received the Green Car Vision Award in 2010. And in 2011, it received the European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards, and was awarded Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. This ingenious creation is Nissan’s contribution to a more environment-friendly world, reducing our dependence on petroleum. It also marks a step further into an greenhouse gas emission-free world.

Press Release

Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2017 LEAF

Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2017 Nissan LEAF, which is on sale now at LEAF Certified Nissan dealers nationwide. The Nissan LEAF continues to be the best-selling 100-percent electric vehicle in the U.S. and the world, with more than 100,000 units sold in the U.S. and more than 238,000 units worldwide (as of October 2016).

For 2017, Nissan provides best-in-class range1 across all three trim levels – S, SV and SL – by offering the 30 kWh battery that was previously only available on LEAF SV and SL grades. Along with the 100-mile plus range, the 30 kWh battery can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in about 30 minutes. Charging on a home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about six hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger.

The 30 kWh battery design adds capacity without increasing battery package size by improving the cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells. Improved electrode material with revised chemistry results in higher power density and enhanced battery durability upon charge and discharge.

Nissan offers a limited warranty3 covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle's battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.

About the 2017 Nissan LEAF
All 2017 LEAF models feature a high-response, 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that consumers often expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles.

LEAF offers the space and range to meet every day needs while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower maintenance costs and a starting price after tax incentives competitive with a comparable gas-powered car.

The distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting halogen headlights. LED low beam headlights and fog lights are standard on LEAF SL models. Other exterior features include standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charge port is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle, with a standard light and door lock feature. The aerodynamic design results in a low coefficient of drag of just 0.28.

Inside, the digital instrument panel includes a speedometer, battery temperature gauge, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance-to-empty display and drive mode indicator. A percent state-of-charge display is featured in the trip computer. LEAF SV and SL models also display "reachable area," as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations on the NissanConnect info screen.

All grade levels include standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and RearView Monitor. Nissan's advanced Around View® Monitor4, which helps provide a virtual 360-degree view of objects around the vehicle, is offered as part of the Premium Package for SV and SL grades. The Premium Package also includes the seven-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system.

For 2017, LEAF SV and SL grades include standard NissanConnectSM with Navigation– featuring a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD radio, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel LinkTM for weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). The charging screen information is automatically updated every time the ignition is turned on and with every 12 miles of driving.

The NissanConnect EV system (no-charge subscription required), which is also standard on SV and SL grades, allows remote connection to the vehicle, providing monitoring of battery state-of-charge, start charging event control and turning on the heating and air conditioning system prior to entering the vehicle.

Nissan LEAF safety features include six air bags, four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

LEAF is assembled in the U.S. at Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, with battery assembly taking place next door in Nissan's Battery Assembly Plant.

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