Nissan North America announced yesterday that it is expanding the availability of its all-electric Nissan LEAF to U.S. customers for the 2012 model year. However, it also announced that the 2012 Nissan LEAF will be getting a price bump of $2,420.
The 2012 Nissan LEAF had a starting price tag of $33,630 including delivery, the 2012 model will start at $36,050. The top-of-the-line Nissan LEAF SL model will sell for $38,100, an increase of $3,530 over 2011.
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What’s the reason for the price bump? The Nissan LEAF now gets additional standard equipment including quick charging and cold-weather features for the 2012 model year. It will now be available for order in the Southeastern United States and Illinois.
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“Many enthusiastic consumers have eagerly anticipated ordering a Nissan LEAF of their own, and now we can make zero-emissions mobility a reality in more markets,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. “In response to direct feedback from Nissan LEAF owners, the features that customers want most will come standard on the 2012 Nissan LEAF – including quick charging and cold-weather features.”
Check out more details on the 2012 Nissan LEAF after the jump.
Refresher: Power for the 2012 Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2012 Nissan LEAF will start at $35,200.
The 2012 Nissan LEAF features product enhancements that incorporate feedback from early LEAF drivers, including standardizing the most popular options. These features include:
- DC Fast Charge capability standard on Nissan LEAF SL: The vast majority of MY11 consumers have opted for the DC fast charge port, which allows the vehicle to be charged at 480V – reducing charging time to under 30 minutes for charging the vehicle to 80 percent from a fully depleted state. As DC fast charge stations proliferate across the country, Nissan expects this feature to become even more popular. For 2012, fast-charging capability will be standard on the SL trim level.
- Cold weather features standard on Nissan LEAF: As the Nissan LEAF rolls out to U.S. markets with colder climates, cold weather features become standard equipment on all trim levels of the Nissan LEAF. These include a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated seats in both the front and rear.
– By: Omar Rana