Nissan have announced that the Nissan LEAF electric car will be priced at under 30,000 Euros (25,641 Pounds) after incentives in most of its European launch markets – about the same as a comparably-equipped diesel or hybrid vehicle. The Nissan LEAF is a compact, zero-emission five-passenger family car that comes fully equipped with features such as air conditioning, satellite navigation, a parking camera, a quick charge socket and innovative smart-phone connectivity.
Initially, it will be launched in four European markets – the UK, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Portugal. Reservations will begin in July. Nissan has decided to launch in these countries first due to significant government incentives for electric cars, and the ongoing development of charging infrastructure for their successful adoption. By the end of next year, Nissan LEAF will be available in every major Western European country.
In the United Kingdom, the purchase price of the Nissan LEAF would be 23,350 Pounds (27,471 Euros) after government incentives. The price, which includes the battery, is 28,350 Pounds (33,353 Euros) before incentives. The UK government recently announced that it will refund 25 percent of the purchase price of a pure electric vehicle, up to a limit of 5,000 Pounds. The Nissan LEAF goes on sale in the UK in February 2011.
Watch this video for a sneak preview of the Nissan LEAF.