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NEW BRITISH BUILT NISSAN LEAF - 100 IMPROVEMENTS and now less than £16K if you lease the battery

The era of the electric car takes another step forward with the introduction of the British built Leaf which can be bought for £15,990 if you lease the battery. Like the price  trend of early computers and flat screen TV's the price of electric car technology is falling rapidly to more realistic prices for more people to consider going greener by electric fuel. The Leaf at £16K and new Renault Zoe at £14K is now a big drop from the more typical £30K entry level price just a couple of years ago. Which car maker will break the £10k price barrier for a 2, 3 or 4 seater electric car?

Key features of this article are:

• 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


New LEAF's range extended from 109 to 124miles

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.

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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 BOSE™ 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.

Go Greener with an electric car 

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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
Visia £20,990                     £15,990
Acenta £23,490                  £18,490
Tekna £25,490                   £20,490
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+           £70.00        £77.00          £85.00          £93.00              £109.00
24 months             £80.00         £87.00         £95.00           £103.00            £119.00
12 months             £90.00         £97.00         £105.00         £113.00            £129.00


About Nissan in the UK


Nissan Sunderland Plant manufactures the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Note and the Nissan Juke and will manufacture the 100% electric Nissan LEAF from 2013
Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles begins this year
Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 6.4 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 97 markets worldwide
Total investment made and announced since then is £3.3 billion
480,485 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2011
Sunderland Plant currently employs 5,400 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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