• Apr 1, 2010
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Nissan's announcement regarding pricing for the Leaf was big news. In fact, it was so big that other information in the press release went overlooked. According to Nissan, the Leaf will come in two different trim lines. Both trims, the SV and SL, come surprisingly well-equipped for an electric vehicle priced as low as the Leaf at just $32,780, or $25,280 with federal tax credits factored in. Here's a breakdown of the trim lines and features available on the upcoming Leaf.

Starting with the base (SV) trim, buyers can expect an abundance of standard features. The SV comes with all of the expected features of a modern car plus an advanced navigation system with Internet / smart phone connectivity which allows the vehicle to be remotely pre-heated and pre-cooled. The advanced navigation system also allows the owner to control car charging features. In addition, the SV comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, satellite radio, stability control, six airbags and a buyer-reassuring three-year roadside assistance plan.

Stepping up to the SL trim, at a price premium of only $940 (MSRP), Nissan adds a few more touches including fog lights, automatic headlights, a rear-view monitor and a solar panel spoiler. The spoiler will not charge the vehicle's main batteries, but it can be used to trickle charge an accessory battery.

With all of the standard features, the Leaf's low price becomes even more attractive. This is not a low-rent electric vehicle with no options coming in at a low price. The Leaf is as well equipped as virtually any other car in its price range. It also happens to be gasoline-free.



[Source: Nissan]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't buy anything battery only, it's dangerous, it's bothersome, the car is predictably dead after some miles and is predictably stopped for long hours to repair or at least maintain( recharge time) , it's slower then a 50cc scooter to drive 300-500 miles, the car is affected by cold and heat too. The stress level outside of the immediate neiborood is great because of the predicted loss of traction and battery monitoring is impossible to do easilly. This car is own and operated by french and japanese goverment indirectely via an employee and is meant to fail and impede the coming of a green car on the market.

      Green car definition, better and cheaper then the actual cars like digital watchs at 10$ to 30$ instead of a bothersome and imprecise watchs made with springs that you have to crank each days.

      so this car is not green because it cost more, drive less, do not drive in winter and is there to maintain petrol use in everything by showing the new customers to expect less and pay more contrary to a green car where like any insdustries where you pay less for more like camcorders, computers, microwave, phones, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I go to digg.com a lot to read some news, and in the comment section there is a guy named sentaxgs. That wouldn't happen to be you would it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would it be considered mean-spirited that I find posts like this genuinely entertaining sometimes? That people actually believe this stuff...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, and the Japanese government is installing bugs on every unit that secretly send back information about drivers like credit card numbers, sexual practices, and family squabbles, so that they can use this info to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You people complain WAY too much. Here comes a very nicely designed, extremely well put together and thought out EV and all you idiots can do is complain about the electric windows, doorlocks, A/C? So you lose 5-10 miles of range....BFD.

      How about appreciating the fact that for the first time in history, you have a real alternative to an everyday IC car that will, for change, have the potential to give your children a chance to have a better, cleaner future? Just a thought.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        Amen, Noz.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @noz
        I agree complaining about trivial things. not having a/c or power windows is going to save you $500 at most on the price of the car.

        I highly doubt using power windows is going to effect mileage at all. maybe if the driver sits there and is continually moving the window up and down without ever stopping.

        A/c usage will effect range, but generally just as much having the windows down at higher speeds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think people need to remember that this car is going to be $32,000. I know there is the $7,500 tax credit, but someone walking into a showroom would say "this car is 32 grand and it doesn't have air conditioning or power windows?" This car is a whole different animal from something like a $9,999 Versa that you can buy without those options. It's also a totally different buyer. Someone buying this car is going to expect those things and expect things like a backup camera.

      Also, I sell cars and it baffles me how nuts people are over automatic headlights. It amazes me people can't turn on their own lights. I've had people legitimately angry at Nissan because a car didn't have automatic headlights. People are pretty nuts about for lights too.

      I think the solar panel is kind of a cool idea. I use my iPod and iPhone in my car a lot and it would be nice to charge them without draining the battery.
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      You got to love it. An EV, reasonably priced, well equipped, that actually looks like a car instead of a toy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello Nissan,

      May I please have one without power windows, locks, nav, A/C or other "luxury" features.

      I'd rather that energy go towards getting me to my destination...maybe further.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I am with you for the most part on deleting some of the options that are going to limit my range, like a/c never use it now no matter how hot it is. Nav is another thing I really dont need my rechargable tomtom is good enough. But power windows and locks take up so little I think they could stay. I wish there was an option for like a solar panel roof to help it charge well its sitting in a parking lot or my driveway that would be cool! Aswell I would love to see the next generation of it take after the BMW mega-city(or whatever its called) by using a carbon fibre intensive build.
        • 4 Years Ago
        David,

        I think you may have to wait. The LEAF is the first round designed to have the largest mass appeal... Nissan/Renault is already working on other vehicles, like the subcompact Zoe, which is more likely to be offered without the options standard.

        As of late, it seems Nissan is taking kind of a different pricing structure with many of its new models (excluding base Versa): offer a relatively well-equiped base car at a price that makes a profit and offer options (like Navigation) at a similarly reasonable margin. Typically, car makers try to break even on the base model and make their money off of high-margin options. Nissan's pricing strategy may give them a competitive advantage over their rivals, but it also means that you probably won't be able to reduce the price much by eliminating options.

        However, it is kind of interesting to think about a stripped/performance LEAF. You could strip a lot of weight. You also wouldn't need that air intake at the front for the AC condensor. With some remapped software, some minor tweaks, suspension, etc... it could be a fun ride.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you are in the minority there when compared to the mainstream buyer Nissan hopes to attract. Most folks want all the features, and I applaud Nissan for making the base version so well equiped. The SL package to me is not worth the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Power windows would seem like the best thing to eliminate.
        But i doubt that the modern buyer would be okay going without.

        Hopefully it doesn't come with power seats. Those are just heavy and suck up power like crazy. The less electric doodads, the better :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just don't use all those luxury features. Can't you control yourself?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I try not to advertise when I'm an idiot, but I'm not really sure what "automatic headlights" are. Are those the type that automatically turn off after so many minutes, and if so is that really considered a cost-extra type feature? As to the solar panel spoiler, from the interview posted on autoblog.green yesterday, it kinda sounds like it only charges the accessory battery, but really does almost nothing to really improve the range or function of the vehicle. Anyone have a different take? I'm definately putting the $99 later this month, so I'd like to hear a positive view/spin on the option package. Anyone actually have/use/like a backup camera, or are they cooler in theory than in fact?
        • 4 Years Ago
        My question for you is do you really need a back-up camera? Shouldnt you be looking over your shoulder when reversing not at a screen in front of you? So in essence I guess I am answering your question by saying back-up cameras are for people that shouldnt be driving anyways.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        Joe,
        You are much more qualified to answer whether the A/C is likely to be run from the 12volt or the main pack than I, but FWIW I can't imagine that as big a drain as the A/C could possibly be run from the conventional battery.
        It's a really big power drain, affecting you mileage even on an ICE, and the 12 volt would drain in no time.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @FlappyPaddle

        I found having a backup camera EXTREMELY useful in places like LA with tons of public (parallel) parking, especially if you don't know your vehicle too well. You can get unhumanly close to the car behind you, and maybe squeeze into that space you might not otherwise have been able to. I'm definitely looking to add one on my next car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Posterboy, automatic headlights turn themselves on when it gets dark and turn themselves off when you leave the car. The solar panel only charges the accessory battery. Solar panels with enough capacity to extend range would be too heavy- negating the benefit. However, some people want a solar panel on the car, so Nissan is giving them what they want. It would be better to buy some solar panels for your house instead... prices are coming down:
        http://www.dmsolar.com/kahypvmo11.html

        Really, the options package doesn't make the car substantively more functional (maybe foglights, depending on where you live). However, they are kind of cool and nice to have (rear camera especially if a lot of little kids are running around where you live). Considering it will cost you less than $1000, the cost of these options is very low on this car compared to the competition- so if you like them, you cost shouldn't prevent you from getting them. I think it really comes down to personal preference.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        If the solar panels charged the main Li-ion pack directly it would result in the same gains as charging the 12v accessory battery.

        Since accessories are run from 12v battery, normally an alternator attached to a IC engine would have to work a little bit harder to recharge that starter battery. And thus slightly increase fuel consumption to turn that alternator.

        But since there is no IC engine, and thus no alternator, many EVs opt to have accessories run directly from the main pack. This would be a parasitic drain on your miles.

        By separating the accessories with a separate 12v battery trickle charged via solar panels, they keep the range more constant regardless of your accessory use.

        So actually you might save a few miles indeed. My question would be, is the A/C powered by that 12v accessory battery or the main pack? If so, it might be worth it to get the SL if you live in a A/C hungry state like Florida.
        • 4 Hours Ago
        Don't feel bad. The rest of us never hesitate to show our ignorance or biases. That's part of what makes it fun here ;-) (and you'll never learn if you never ask or never try!)

        As to the options for the Leaf, I say go for it because it's only a grand and it'll give the car more residual value if you ever want to sell it or trade it in for the 2020 model electric vehicle.

        /PS, I am blown away with the level of options included in the base Leaf!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Automatic headlights dim them when there is oncoming traffic:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_headlight_dimmer
        Useful in Europe at least.
        I'd love a camera at the back to look out for kids popping out in supermarket car parks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is the reaction to the leaf and its pricing outside the green shere, is it well accepted. Or are people to dumb to see a good car in the making?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seems like most of the folks out there, even the auto related folks don't realize the world changed a couple of days ago.

        But, its early and the establishment (and general public) rarely ever sees the disruptive technology that's about to turn their world inside out until its happened.

        We're just lucky enough to see this and know it now - soak it up, the transition off oil for small transportation has begun (and won't be finished for decades).

        It stills blows me away Nissan did this, this moved up my best hoped for scenario's for EV/EREV adoption up by 5-10 years. Ford, Honda and Toyota better snap out of it or they will be left behind in the biggest auto growth market (in the US at least) for the next couple of decades.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't smear people as "dumb" just because they don't like, or know about the Leaf. Not everyone wants to deal with a limited range electric vehicle. My guess is the average car buyer has not even heard of the Leaf, which is probably okay with Nissan since it will have limited availability for at least a year. Once they ramp up the advertising, then we will see what the average car buyer thinks.
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