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Nissan’s Pioneering EV LEAF Becomes More Affordable

The all-electric Nissan LEAF is making zero-emissions mobility more affordable by having its price reduced by £2,500.

The change in price has come as part of a global effort to make the LEAF more affordable in the pioneering electric vehicles three main markets of Europe, United States and Japan.

As well as a lower retail price, UK customers will also benefit from offers including low rate finance*. The price is effective immediately, ahead of the arrival of an updated version of the LEAF.

The government is also offering an incentive, meaning a customer can drive away in a brand new LEAF for just £23,490 or just £239 per month.

As well as a new price LEAF buyers benefit from extremely low running costs, with a battery recharge costing a fraction of the cost of a tank of fuel. Zero-emission’s from the LEAF also means zero road tax and is currently exempt for company car ‘benefit-in-kind’ tax.

Public charging points and rapid chargers  in the UK are ever-growing,  making charging the LEAF quick and convenient. The rapid chargers can get LEAF drivers to charge from zero to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes.

Around 50,000 Nissan LEAF’s have been sold world-wide so far, showing that battery powered cars are ready to make a significant contribution to a world wide reduction in vehicle emissions.

The LEAF who was the winner of the World, European and Japan Car of the Year Awards 2011, comes with a very high level of standard equipment such as rear-view parking, rapid charge, an Intelligent Key, LED headlamps and Bluetooth connectivity. It also comes with standard Sat Nav system and Nissan’s unique telematics system this allows an owner to control heating and air-conditioning settings and to monitor the charging process remotely via a smart phone.

“There is no doubt that Nissan LEAF is a revolution and existing customers are passionate in their belief that zero-emission mobility is not the future, but is here now,” said Paul Willcox, senior vice president, Nissan Europe.

“Nissan’s objective for LEAF has always been to bring zero-emission mobility within reach of the mass-market. Our price reduction underlines that commitment and with no price premium even more motorists will become believers.”

Nissan’s European plant in Sunderland is due to start the production of the updated model in Spring 2013.

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