- Addition of a new LEAF S trim level lowers entry price by more than $6,000, or 18 percent
- Available federal and state incentives can bring price down to less than $19,000
- Improved energy efficiency, faster charging times and greater customer choice headline 2013 model year improvements
Two very different visions of the future of the minivan made are on display at the 2012 North American International Auto show.
The Nissan e-NV200 combines the battery-powered drivetrain of the Nissan Leaf with the platform of the company’s small conventional van that will be serving as New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” starting in 2013.
100% electric drive system is first zero-emission winner in award’s history
Ward’s today announced that Nissan LEAF’s 100-percent electric, zero-emission drive system is included on its prestigious ’10 Best Engines’ list for 2011. It is the first time in the 17-year history of the magazine’s ’10 Best Engines’ that the selection committee has chosen a power system which doesn’t have an engine and will never burn a drop of gasoline.
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Two federal agencies say they know how far the new Nissan Leaf will go on a fully charged battery. They just don’t agree.
A few weeks before the Nissan Leaf is delivered to buyers, the Environmental Protection Agency, which approves the fuel economy stickers that go in the window of every new car, says it will go 73 miles. The Federal Trade Commission says the correct number is 96 to 110. (These range numbers, it’s worth pointing out, are distinct from the fuel economy numbers that Nick Bunkley recently wrote about in The New York Times.)
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General Motors, after announcing on Tuesday that the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car would cost $41,000, was unfazed by inevitable comparisons to the Nissan Leaf, a battery electric car that will arrive in select markets at the end of the year, around the same time as the Volt. At $32,780, the Leaf is far less expensive.
“Honestly, they’re two different vehicles,” said Dave Darovitz, a G.M. spokesman. “One is range limited, and the other one offers 40 miles of gas-free driving and then a further 300 miles of travel.”
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