Nissan North America premiered the new American spec. Leaf on September 5 in Las Vegas Nevada.
The previous generation (i.e., first generation) Leaf hit the US market back at the end of 2010 and has sold a total of 112,000 units in America alone, 283,000 worldwide, meaning that around 40% of all Leafs that were sold were sold to US buyers.
If only for that simple fact alone is why Nissan North America is working so hard on getting the new Leaf to market. The base price for the new American model comes in at under 30K: $29,990. About a $690 reduction compared to the previous generation, Nissan is looking to sell even more Leafs than last generation.
What the Leaf will be up against in the US is Chevrolet’s own EV, the Bolt EV, which has a base price in the US of $36,620. With the Leaf’s base price coming in a good $6,630 less than the Bolt EV, you could say that the car will cause a stir if just because of the price alone.
The new Leaf is set to go on sale in all 50 states starting at the beginning of 2018. Nissan North America chairman Jose Munoz showed his confidence in the Leaf, stating that “When we started selling the first generation Leaf back in 2010, it was the worlds most reasonably priced mass produced electric vehicle. The new model of the car takes that from the first generation. The new Leaf is sure to be another game changer for Nissan in the States.”
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Bryce Clarke)