A few months and one hemisphere later, Nissan has gotten around to cutting the price of its all-electric Leaf in Australia.

The Japanese automaker has reduced the Leaf price down under to $39,990 AUD (US $40,700), or about $15,000 AUD less than it was charging when the model debuted in Australia last July, according to the Daily Telegraph. At that price, the Leaf will cost about $3,000 AUD more than the Toyota Prius hybrid and about $20,000 AUD less than General Motors' Holden Volt extended-range plug-in. Apparently, only 116 people in Australia bought a Leaf when it cost $51,500.

Around the world, Nissan has been dropping Leaf prices, thanks to building the car on three continents now (in Japan, the US and the UK). In the UK, Nissan cut the price of the Leaf by by 2,500 British pounds to just 23,490 pounds ($37,115). In January, the company reduced the price of the US Leaf by $6,400 to a base of $28,800. In part because of the lower sticker price, US Leaf sales have more than doubled through April from the same time frame a year earlier, to 5,476 units.


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      otiswild
      • 2 Years Ago
      What I want from a pure EV: * at least 40kWh battery * at least 10kW charging * mid-size sedan or CUV * 0-60 in less than 7 seconds For that I'd trade my Volt and get the pure EV along with a beater pickup truck for big-box shopping and long-distance trips.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @otiswild
        Sounds like the Model X will do it for you. But it won't be cheap.
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @otiswild
        Or possibly a RAV4 EV? If not this current generation, maybe the next.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @raktmn
          Assuming there is a next generation since Tesla may or may not lease their drivetrain to them again. Toyota already said they were only going to sell 2600 over 3 years.
      lesmando244
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought my leaf in Brisbane, Queensland for $61,500 (window tinting, fabric protection, extras bla bla). It is the best car I have ever owned. I don't care they dropped the price as I didn't lease. I hope it enables people to purchase the leaf and enjoy driving an EV. My drive to work and back is 80km and I always make it with heaps to spare. I can even drive to the beach and back (Southport, Gold Coast) on a 80% charge, which is 120km round trip, not using the freeway of course :) As for chargers, they are very few in number, I am saving to purchase some (they are only about $5000 a go here). Need to ask some councils for spaces in car parks. If you want to make things better, do something positive, don't just complain and whine :)
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lesmando244
        @ lesmando244 Well done on your purchase ! There are lot more mundane vehicles you could buy for $61,500 ! Your transport needs seem perfect for the Leaf, and Queensland sunny climate is great for Solar Panels. ( I'm looking out at the Autumn leafs of Melbourne :) Brilliant idea to sponsor your own charger network ! I'm sure if you approached Tritium Pty Ltd a Queensland company who make their own fast chargers, (email : enquiries@tritium.com.au ) they would be eager to assist., as would Varley Electric Vehicles also of Brisbane. The Queensland government and local councils also have some grant money for projects like yours, and it may be worthwhile contacting the various Ministers. Good luck !
          lesmando244
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Thanks, will have a look. DC Fast chargers are much more than I can afford at this time. I looked at the ABB Terra 52, awesome unit, but beyond my finances at this time, 23,750 euro (30,500 AUD), plus shipping, taxes and installation (another 25,000+). The ABB Terra SC 20KW CHAdeMO looks a better choice. Is light (no crane needed to install) doesn't need huge power (only 32A) and looks really good, and only 11,750 euro (15,100 AUD).
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      So now it becomes clearer... that trying to sell a global product, solely in a single factory in Japan, could have caused prices to be so high in the first place. Supply constraints are lifting, and the price is settling to what it should be. Are there still detractors out there that think Nissan simply "wills" the price to whatever they like? As if supply driven market wasn't a HUGE factor? Where are all the folks that swear there weren't any supply constraints.. because Leafs were available at dealerships?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        I'm not a detractor, but of course Nissan "wills" the price to whatever they'd like. Sometimes, they'd like to make a hefty profit, and discourage too many buyers in one market. Then, they might be willing to come down on price, because demand in other markets have been satisfied, and now they're trying to spur demand.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          They have a very narrow window of what prices they can "will". Too high, and they stall the brand, too low and they make no profit. The point is they cannot simply decide, "Whatever" to set the price... markets force them into a narrow window. Sure, they can ignore the market and go out of business by either giving Leafs away for $1 each, or asking $1mil each. Not a realistic definition of "whatever they like".
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          So bottom line, With severe supply constraints as explained (which should have been apparent to all)... Nissan had a VERY narrow window to set the price, as forced by the market conditions. As so many people here were b!tching about the Leaf being too expensive, and "why won't Nissan take us seriously and lower the price".... the cold truth is, they can't. They would risk selling at such a loss as to never recover the brand. So as maybe a few thousand people would get a Leaf for a good price, but then the Leaf brand dies because stockholders demand it... and nobody gets another Nissan EV for another 10 years. Kinda selfish really. Thinking that the 1st generation Leaf owners should get economy prices, at the sacrifice of every other generation.
        krona2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Those of us who said the US/UK factories would make a big difference in price should feel vindicated. I do.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @krona2k
          Nissan still needs to do just a little bit more. Built a better battery thermal control system and provide more body models (pick-up, sports car, mini-van, sedan, CUV, etc.) And accept the SAE Combo charger to end the pointless fast-charge standards war.
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they'll come out with the new pricing for Canada, but Nissan Canada has so far been highly annoying, with wanting to sell the last of the 2012 stock before bringing in the 2013 model. The pricing likewise wasn't as high as it was in Australia, but it's still higher than US pricing, and that's been hurting them here. Canadians love them some cross-border shopping.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      Marco must be a happy camper. Such a deal, he'll get two.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Or will he be mad? Isn't he trying to sell some Volts/Amperas?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Marco is planning on buying a couple Volt/Amperas. He's said the Leaf is impractical for his driving needs. He occasionally needs the range extender.
      krona2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      The base model in the UK will be about £20,000 ($30934) after rebate which is claimed back by the dealer. Basically the price after incentive is the price you pay when you sign the paperwork.
      • 2 Years Ago
      rad. what are worldwide sales like now for the leaf I wonder?
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      All motor vehicles are more expensive in Australia than the US. The Nissan Leaf may find some buyers in Australia at $40,000, but not many. Although Australia has 230 volt home supply, there is no supporting public charging infrastructure, or government incentives. But the reason for the $15,000 dollar price cut has nothing to do with "Mass production bringing down prices" ! When the Leaf was first introduced to Australia, the $Aus was 70 cents to $ US 1.00. By 2011 it was $1.10 and has remained above the US dollar ever since. Australia's solidly improved rate of exchange has devastated the local car industry, and allowed for cheaper imports. Australia is a nation of affluent suburbanites, and the Leaf should find some buyers among those who want to be different. Australia also loves to buy imports, (the locally built EV Blade Electron was very poorly supported, by the government(s) and the public). The Nissan Leaf is imported to Australia from Japan, another RHD nation. I would expect the Leaf to achieve the majority of it's sales in Melbourne, where the climate, terrain and culture is more favourable. GM sells only the Volt (with a Holden badge) in Australia, not the Ampera version. Even at a $20,000 difference, the Volt is a far more practical vehicle for Australians. (especially as a fleet vehicle). It's a difficult time for 'green' products in Australia. Regrettably, the economic chaos created by the disorganised and ill-conceived policies of the Green-Labour Government alliance, have destroyed public faith in 'green' products, (and the government !). In addition, the introduction of a deeply unpopular Carbon Tax has seen electricity rates, double and even treble.( not altogether the fault of the carbon tax, the tax gets the blame ! ) The government policy of supporting LPG as the principle alternate fuel will continue after the Conservative government is elected in September. The incoming government will offer local car manufacturers subsidies attached to LPG models, rather than Hybrids. My deepest regret is that in all the $ billions wasted on incompetently managed 'green' initiatives, the Australian labour government failed to continue agreement the agreement struck between GM and the out-going conservative government that tied government subsidies to GM to building an upmarket "Buick Ampera" in Australia as a RHD /export model. My two Holden Volt's will be additions to our executive fleet, and cost a combined $128,000. In addition,I will feel guilty for not purchasing the locally produced, much larger, and cheaper, Toyota Camry hybrid. (But, I really like the Volt ! )
      Kimmi
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks that Nissan is (finally) looking seriously at the aussie market, let’s hope the other two players follow. Australian EV sales this year: Nissan Leaf – 36 units; Holden Volt – 27; Mitsubishi I-Miev – 15. For more info, click here: http://www.ev-sales.blogspot.ch/2013/04/australia-march-2013.html
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ snipey47a Nope, Australia's Leaf comes directly from Japan, and is already RHD. The Australia dollar has risen by nearly one third, so imports are naturally cheaper. That account for the $15,000, not 'crappy' stock !
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Long overdue. The previous price was completely ridiculous. Hopefully this will move some Leaf cars.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they might actually sell some there then. Hopefully that is the idea..
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