The base 2012 Nissan Leaf will cost $2,420 more than the base 2011 Leaf when it goes on sale this fall, and will be available in more states. It also will come with more standard features, like a quick-charge port and a cold weather package.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf SV has an MSRP of $35,200 and the SL trim will cost $37,250, which is $3,530 more than the 2011 SL trim. Nissan says it added more standard features for 2012 mainly due to current owner suggestions. Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, says in a statement, “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.”
The fast charge port, which charges the Leaf’s battery from dead to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes, is standard on the more expensive SL trim for 2012. Nissan hasn’t mentioned whether this feature will be optional on the base SV trim, or how much it will cost. Cold weather features, which include a battery warmer, heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats, are standard on both Leaf models for 2012.
“The vehicle's cautious roll out since last December, limited at first to markets in only seven states, was further vexed by the Mar. 11 earthquake in Japan,” Automotive News reports. “Japanese plant output is now fully restored and all U.S. customer pre-orders of the 2011 model are in the pipeline and will be delivered by mid-September at the latest,” says Brendan Jones, Nissan director of electric-vehicle marketing and sales, according to Automotive News.
Despite the price increase for 2012, Autoblog Green reports that the $7,500 federal tax credit will still be available for the 2012 Leaf, which brings the starting price down to $27,700.
If you live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and have a current reservation, you can order a 2012 Nissan Leaf starting July 25. Then on August 4, Nissan says it will start accepting reservations to anyone else in these states, as well as in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. In the fall, Nissan will take Leaf orders in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. By the end of the year, customers in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island can order a new Leaf as well.
Nissan says delivery of 2012 Leafs will start in the fall and lease deals for the electric car will start at $369 a month.
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