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2014 Nissan Leaf price climbs $180 to $28,980*, Ghosn predicts sales doubling

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A year ago, Nissan changed the fortunes of its all-electric Leaf in the US market by lopping a serious $6,400 off of the price. The entry-level 2012 Leaf started at $35,200, and the 2013 Leaf S instantly became a much better deal since it started at $28,800. For 2014, the trend is in the opposite direction, but only just. The 2014 Leaf S will start at $28,980. The other two trim levels will start at $32,000 for the SV and $35,020 for the SL. Oh well, we can't get a $6k drop every year, can we?

What do you get for your extra $180? Well, as described in July, the 2014 model has the rear camera as standard and there is an available voice command navigation system and text message reader. We've got the full specification breakdown and pricing press release below.

We doubt the small extra cost will do much to dent the Leaf's current sales upswing. December 2013 was the EV's best sales month ever, and a grand total of 22,610 units in 2013. That's more EVs than Nissan sold in 2011 and 2012 put together. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said earlier today that he thinks US Leaf sales will double, but didn't say when. "We are now on a trend of 3,000 cars a month in the US, which is about 36,000 cars" a year, Ghosn told Automotive News. "The next step is moving up to 4,000 a month, which is going to be approximately 50,000."

The prices listed above do not include Nissan's $850 destination fee, but all Leaf EVs can qualify for the $7,500 federal income tax credit, as well as state and local incentives in some areas.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 8, 2014) – Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2014 Nissan LEAF™, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. The 100 percent electric LEAF continues to offer outstanding value, with prices comparable to similar gasoline-powered vehicles after applicable tax credits. Sales of the zero emission LEAF in the U.S. and around the world set all-time records in 2013.

The 2014 Nissan LEAF is available in three trim levels: LEAF S, SV and SL, along with option packages offering advanced systems such as Around View® Monitor and 7-speaker Bose® audio. Enhancements for 2014 include the addition of the RearView Monitor as standard equipment on all models (previously part of the Charge Package) and one new exterior color – Gun Metallic (seven total available colors).

The established leader in the "no gas, no tailpipe" zero-emission era, the 2014 model year LEAF's driving range is rated at 84 miles and MPGe ratings are 126 City, 101 Highway and 114 Combined.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2014 Nissan LEAF are:
LEAF S $28,980 USD
LEAF SV $32,000 USD
LEAF SL $35,020 USD
Destination and Handling $850 USD

For 2014, LEAF is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and 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 is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal-combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF's powertrain has no tailpipe and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven.

LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a DC fast charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately five hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger (approximately eight hours with the S grade's standard 3.6 kW charger). The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

LEAF is assembled in the United States at Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn. assembly plant, with battery assembly taking place next door in the country's largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the Americas media sites and

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
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Specifications are based on latest product information available at the time of release


Mechanical and Platform

High-response 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor S
Laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, 192 cells
107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
3.6 kW onboard charger (3.3 kW output)
Charging time (est.) 220V ~ 8 hrs
110V 21 hrs
Fast Charge 30 min to 80%



6.6 kW onboard charger (6.0 kW output)
Charging time (est.) 220V ~ 5 hrs
110V 21 hrs
Fast Charge 30 min to 80%



Portable trickle charge cable (110V EVSE) S
Range*: EPA-estimated range is 84 miles (battery capacity decreases with time and use. Actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age.) S
Dedicated EV platform S
Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution S
Li-ion battery pack warranty – 8 years or 100,000 miles. S
Battery heater S

Transmission and Drive System

Drive configuration Front-wheel drive
Transmission type Single speed reducer
Shifter style Shift-by-wire drive selector
Final gear ratio (:1) 7.9377
Hill Start Assist S
3 Drive Modes:
Normal S
Eco-Mode – Increased regenerative braking, assists in limiting motor output and reduces HVAC power output S
B-mode – Engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating - S S


Cooperative Regenerative brakes Electrically-driven Intelligent Brake
4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes S
Front 11.14" x 1.1" vented disc
Rear 11.5" x 0.63" vented disc
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) S
Brake Assist S
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) S
Parking brake Manual, foot pedal


Type Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power-steering
Turning diameter (curb-to-curb, ft.) 17.1
Steering Wheel
Manual tilt
Cruise control switches
Audio, Bluetooth® switches


Front Type Independent MacPherson strut w/ coil springs and stabilizer bar
Rear Type Torsion beam with integrated stabilizer bar


Type Unibody
Primary materials Corrosion-resistant high strength steel

Wheels & Tires

16-inch steel with full wheel covers S - -
16-inch aluminum-alloy, 5-spoke - S -
17-inch aluminum-alloy, split 5-spoke - - S
All-season 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia S S -
All-season 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver - - S
Tire repair kit – Mounted in trunk S

Exterior Features

Heated dual power remote-controlled outside mirrors S
Chrome outside door handles S
Aerodynamic underbody cover and rear diffuser S
Aerodynamic halogen headlights S S -
Aerodynamic LED headlights - O S
Automatic on/off headlights - O S
Fog lights - O S
LED taillights S
Center high-mounted stop light S
Energy-absorbing body-color front and rear bumpers S
Rear spoiler S
Photovoltaic Solar Panel Spoiler - - S
Fixed roof antenna S
Charge port light and lock S
Quick charge port O O S


5-passenger seating capacity S
6-way manual driver's seat S
4-way manual front passenger seat S
Cloth seat fabric S - -
Partially recycled cloth seat fabric - S -
Leather-appointed seating - - S
Front and rear heated seats S
60/40 folding rear seats S
Rear HVAC ducts S
Passenger seat map pockets - S S
Palm-shift drive selector S
Remote charge door release S
Digital meter cluster S
Trip computer (% SOC, instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range) S
Front and rear assist grips S


AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, 4 speakers, 4.3-inch color LCD display S - -
AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, 6 speakers, 7.0-inch color LCD display - S S
Bose® 7-speaker premium audio system - O O
Pandora® link for iPhone® - S S
Auxiliary input jack and USB connection port for iPod® and other devices S
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) S
Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) - S S
Nissan Connection powered by CARWINGS (telematics) – allows remote connection to vehicle, including monitoring battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event and turn on HVAC system (no charge for 36 months) - S S


Digital gauges Speedometer
Battery temperature
Power meter
Remaining energy gauge
Capacity level gauge
Distance to empty display
Eco indicator
Outside temperature gauge

Convenience Features

Cruise control - S S
Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start and charge port door release S
Power windows with driver's side one-touch auto up/down S
Power door locks w/auto locking system S
Cupholders – 2 in center console S
Bottle holders – 4 (door panels) S
Sun visors with extension S
Glove compartment S
Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System S
Variable intermittent windshield wipers S
Rear window defroster with timer S
Room lamp S
12-volt power outlet (1 on IP) S
Automatic Temperature Control S
Heater, AC timer S
Charging timer – set desired charge time S
Center console storage S
Hybrid heater system – (heat pump) - S S
Cargo area cover - - S
Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror - S S
RearView Monitor S S S
Around View® Monitor - O O
HomeLink® Universal Transceiver - - S
Safety & Security

Passenger Restraint Systems

Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor S
Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags S
Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection S
Seatbelts 3-point ALR/ELR
All (including inboard)(driver ELR only)

Child Safety

Child seat upper tether anchor S
LATCH System S
Child safety rear door locks S

Safety Structure

Energy-absorbing steering column S
Zone Body construction with front & rear crumple zones S
Side door guard beams S

Active Safety

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) S
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) S
Traction Control System (TCS) S
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) S


Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System S
Vehicle Security System (VSS) S


Wheelbase 106.3 in.
Overall Length 175.0 in.
Overall Width 69.7 in.
Overall Height 61.0 in.
Track width front/rear 60.6/60.4 in.
Ground clearance 6.3 in.
Angle of approach 16.9°
Angle of departure 26.0°
Coefficient of drag (Cd) 0.28


Seating Capacity 5 passengers
Front Headroom
Hip room
Shoulder room
41.2 in.
42.1 in.
Rear Headroom
Hip room
Shoulder room
37.3 in.
33.3 in.
50.0 in.
52.5 in.
Passenger compartment volume 92.4 ft.3
Cargo volume 2nd row upright
2nd row folded
24.0 ft3
30.0 ft3
Total volume 116.4 ft3
Weights & Capacities

Weights (lbs)

Front 1,863.5 1,898.6 1,927.0
Rear 1,378.1 1,378.3 1,399.0
Total 3,241.6 3,276.9 3,326.0
Weight distribution (f/r) 57/43 58/42 58/42
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 4,193

EPA Estimated Fuel Economy

City (MPGe) 126
Highway (MPGe) 101
Combined (MPGe) 114
Classification Midsize
Options & Packages
Charge Package: 6.6 kW onboard charger (6 kW output), quick charge port O - -
LED Headlights + Quick Charge Port: LED headlights, auto on/off headlights, fog lights, quick charge port - O -
Premium Package: Around View® Monitor, Bose® 7-speaker audio system - O O

*Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. The 6.6 kW onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim.

S – Standard
O – Optional

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