Buy an EV, lease the battery. In the UK, this uncommon financing scheme will be available to anyone interested in a 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Brits can get a Leaf for as little as £15,990 (about $24,000 US) once the government's £5,000 ($7,700) EV incentive is factored in. Then, leases start at £70 ($108) a month for 36-month lease with no more than 7,500 miles a year driven, and work their way up to £129 a month for a 12-month, 15,000-mile lease. See the details in Nissan's press release below.

Nissan, which says it's boosted the single-charge range on the 2013 by 15 miles to 124 miles, started making the Leaf at its Sunderland plant in the UK last month, giving the Japanese automaker Leaf production on three continents. Nissan invested £420 million (about $650 million) upgrading the factory to handle Leaf production.

In January, Nissan cut the base price of the UK Leaf by the equivalent of about $3,900 to £23,490 ($36,000) as well as offering a lease option for about $375 a month. Last fall, Nissan dealers in the UK said Nissan drivers could get access to Leaf courtesy cars in an effort to get more consumers familiar with the world's best-selling all-electric car.
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  • New British-built version boasts over 100 improvements
  • Three trim levels offer buyers plenty of choice
  • Battery leasing available for the first time
  • Enhanced battery warranty gives added peace of mind
The next generation of Nissan's all-electric LEAF has arrived - and for the first time, buyers can lease batteries for the 100% electric car and choose one of three trim levels.

A new pricing structure has been introduced to reflect the three trim levels and the battery-leasing options now available - but things are far from complicated. Cars bought with leased batteries will be known as 'Flex' models and buyers will be able to get behind the wheel of an entry-level Visia LEAF on that basis for £15,990 (after receipt of the Government's £5,000 plug-in grant).

The separate battery lease payment ranges from just £70 per month depending on the length of the contract and mileage covered.

The highest price anyone will pay for a LEAF is £25,490 (again, after receipt of the grant). This will be for a top-of-the-range Tekna LEAF, with the battery bought outright.*

The new LEAF features more than 100 improvements over its predecessor - many of which were made as a result of feedback from Nissan's active community of LEAF owners.

Most notably, the car's range has been extended from 109 miles to 124 miles. And its battery is capable of recharging in about half the time of the first-generation LEAF**.

The longer range has been achieved by improving the LEAF's aerodynamics and its regenerative braking system and a more efficient E-powertrain. The real world range has also been improved with the introduction of a new heating system which is 70 per cent more efficient through the use of a heat pump in the system.

But that's far from the whole story. New interior trim, the addition of Nissan's Around View Monitor technology and new suspension settings specifically tailored for European roads build on the LEAF's unique driving experience.

The three trim levels available to UK buyers are Visia, Acenta and Tekna. All models have increased boot space because of the relocation of the charging point and an enhanced interior trim. There is a height adjust facility on both front seats and more foot space for passengers.

At the top of the range, Tekna features a BOSETM energy-efficient sound system with a subwoofer and seven speakers. In addition, there are 17-inch alloys and LED headlamps.

Whichever route buyers choose to LEAF ownership, peace of mind is assured with Nissan's enhanced battery warranty. The warranty on the previous-generation LEAF's battery covered it against defective materials or workmanship for five years. The extended warranty also protects against capacity loss, with a commitment to repair or replace a battery which falls short of what might reasonably be expected***.

Nissan's announcement of a new era for emission-free motoring continues to drive the electric revolution forward. Owning an electric car has never been more appealing. Some of the benefits are well-known, such as the lack of Vehicle Excise Duty and exemption from the London congestion charge, but it's becoming easier to charge up a Nissan LEAF on the move with more public charging points opening all the time. And of course, the cost of a full battery charge is a fraction of the price of a tank of petrol.

Jim Wright, Managing Director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: "We are very proud of the new Nissan LEAF, which underlines our commitment to the future of electric motoring.

"With more than 100 improvements over the outgoing model, it really does mark the next stage in the electric motoring revolution. Built at our record-breaking Sunderland plant for British drivers using British roads, we're looking forward to it becoming our next home-grown success story."


Buy car, buy battery

Buy car, lease battery










Prices after receipt of the plug-in car grant

Battery Leasing:

Contract term

>7,500 miles

9,000 miles

10,500 miles

12,000 miles

15,000 miles

36 months+






24 months






12 months






* Prior to any options or accessories.
** Four hours from 32 amp home / public charging infrastructure with options 6.6kw charger.
*** The repair or replacement option will be offered for any battery which falls below nine bars of the 12 bars displayed on the vehicle's battery capacity gauge during the first five years or 60,000 miles of ownership (whichever comes first).

About Nissan in the UK
  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Note and Juke and will manufacture the 100% electric Nissan LEAF later this year
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began last year, 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than seven million units with 85 per cent of production exported to 104 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is £3.5 billion
  • 510,572 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2012, a plant record
  • Sunderland Plant currently employs 6,000 people
  • Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people
  • Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 500 people
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 695,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Can someone in the UK chime in on what government incentives are available?
        • 8 Months Ago
        Whoops, I see that it mentions the main one. Are there others? I guess the congestion charge is avoided too.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Dunno about for the Leaf, but Renault are offering free home chargers with the Zoe: To give an idea of how costs work out here I'll focus on the 12,000 mile 36 month lease as if you don't do many miles an electric car will never repay its premium, and since there are range limitations for motorway use high mileage are perhaps for many who are not delivery drivers etc unlikely. At 1,000 miles/mo then your lease cost of £93 is £0.093/mile. Taking the wall to wheel mileage at 3 miles/kwh and the cost on cheap rate which perhaps can be negotiated for overnight charging at 12p/wkh then that is another 4p, total cost 13.3p per mile. In city conditions even in a small car perhaps 8 miles/litre is maybe around what most will actually get, as opposed to what the car companies optimistically claim. At £1.37/litre that is 17p or so a mile. So the saving on fuel costs versus battery and electric is around 20-25% Most electric cars are likely to be leased here, as that is a very common way to finance cars, so they and their batteries will probably go back after 3-4 years. Maintenance is normally covered here for 3 years or even more, so that does not come into it for new cars. Servicing costs are perhaps a bit cheaper for electric cars, depending on the deal the manufacturers offer. Congestion charges are £10/day for London, but it is not just electric vehicles that are exempt, but those emitting less than 100g/km.
          • 8 Months Ago
          How is it possible to have $9/gallon gasoline but a savings on fuel of only "around 20-25%"? In the US, you save 50% to 70% on fuel by switching from gas to electric at only $4/gallon.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Spec: Sorry, I obviously did not make myself sufficiently clear. I am saying that adding the battery lease and the electricity cost together you save about 20% plus against the cost of the petrol you would use otherwise. Comparisons are easier here than in the US as the leasing alternative shows the cost breakdown better. Of course if the comparison is purely petrol against electricity the savings are much greater, but one way or another the battery is paid for as the cost of an electric car is at a premium to the cost of an equivalent petrol car. This is easiest to see in the case of the Zoe, as it is pretty well the same car as the petrol Clio, or rather the diesel Clio, which sells at a premium to the petrol version. I may be being a tad too harsh on the ICE alternative for costs, as the purchase price is more comparable and they are supposed to get more miles per litre. Their big advantage is on a long run though, and diesel is rather more expensive at around £1.43/litre. Since I don't run one I have no clear idea of what sort of mileage you might get in a city environment, which are a very different matter to the manufacturers claims, so will only remark that they may narrow the premium a bit for diesel versus battery lease + electricity.
          • 8 Months Ago
          S/be: 'The purchase price of the diesel Clio is nearer to that of the Zoe than the petrol one'.
      • 8 Months Ago
      check out true review of this car :
      • 8 Months Ago
      But an EV, lease the battery BUY an EV, lease the battery FTFY
      • 8 Months Ago
      No ev maker is offering a yearly test on the state of the battery. Battery are known to lose capacity over time.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Real world example: In the UK, nearly 40,000 miles LEAF, 100% charge every night, no bars lost, therefore
          • 8 Months Ago
          If you were going to design an ideal climate for a battery, you would pretty much come up with that in the UK. Not too hot, rarely very cold. Arizona it ain't, or Alaska.
          • 8 Months Ago
          ...therefore ABG loses the rest of the comment. Anyway the gist is there's probably only a single digit capacity loss after 40,000 miles. Not bad eh?
        • 8 Months Ago
        On the contrary, at least in the US. Nissan requires you to get a yearly battery check to maintain the warranty. That battery check is free for the first 2 years under the Leaf's standard warranty, and it's < $500 each additional year after that.
          • 8 Months Ago
          You have to pay $500 every year for the battery warranty? I was getting annoyed with the > £200 service RRP (after year 1). Still I hope to negotiate a £300 for 3 years servicing soon. Just because we are relatively early adopters does not mean we like being ripped off. I've seen the service checklist and they basically do f-all even after year 1.
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