Nissan has had an easier time this year than ever before moving its all-electric Leaf EV in the US. Across the Pond, it's a different story, and the Japanese automaker wants to goose sales with a bit of hand-holding for those new to the concept of plug-in vehicles.

For starters, anyone interested in the car can borrow a Leaf for 24 hours as a test run of sorts. And Leaf owners can now get free quick charging at a number of Nissan dealerships in the UK. Additionally, Leaf owners can borrow a gas- or diesel-powered Nissan for free for as long as two weeks a year during the first three years of Leaf ownership. Run out of juice on the road? Nissan will provide free towing. And the company is also offering battery replacements (up to five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first) when the battery capacity drops below nine bars (our of the 12 total).

Earlier this year, Nissan tried to spur sales the old-fashioned way, by cutting the price. Nissan dropped the Leaf's price by 2,500 British pounds, or about $4,000 USA, to put the car in the $37,000 range. Check out Nissan UK's most recent batch of offers here.


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      • 1 Day Ago
      I requested a 24 hour test drive for Saturday and the nissan customer service knew nothing about it when they called me back. Eventually, they checked online and after a few frantic phone calls to my nearest nissan dealer, arranged for me to pick up a leaf on Saturday at noon till Sunday at noon. Result, but They really need to advertise this promotion on radio and tv if they want people to know about it.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Day Ago
      Excellent idea... the naysayers hate nothing more, than to have all of their "but what if" comments shoved back in their mouths with actual solutions.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        @ Joeviocoe Easy, easy,.... a recent UK survey showed that the average person was more deterred by strident EV's advocates, than ''naysayers".
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Do we really need to go over what "Surveys" mean? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/01/study-electric-vehicles-too-expensive/#aol-comments
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Day Ago
      An excellent promotional idea. I especially like the 24 hour test drive, but best of all are the price reductions. I've got my doubts about advertising 'Free Towing". To me, that seems to highlight the cars limitations in a negative way, and far from reassuring potential buyers, may have an adverse effect. Meanwhile to my despair, Opel Europe and GM, seem to have lost all interest in promoting the Volt/Ampera ! Despite a very positive UK media response, GM's marketing campaign for the Vauxhall Ampera is very half-hearted. GM shouldn't continue to treat Vauxhall as a poor relation brand , but give the UK marque back more autonomy from Opel Europe.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Day Ago
      The cheapest Leaf with battery included comes in at £20,990 after the £5,000 from the Government, which is available at point of sale regardless of income. The new VW E-Up comes in at £19,250 after incentive: http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=31877 Its a smaller car, but in my view perfectly adequate for most as a city car, and I have more confidence in VW's battery engineering, although the UK is hardly Arizona and its temperate maritime climate rarely either very hot or very cold is ideal for battery longevity and performance.