Nissan Leaf To Land At Just Over $50k In Australia Photo:
Mike Stevens | Dec, 20 2011 | 3 Comments

Nissan Australia has confirmed today that its upcoming Leaf electric vehicle will go on sale from June, priced at $51,500 before on-road costs.

Compare that to the slim-pickings EV competition in Australia, and the Leaf enters at $2620 more than Mitsubishi's $48,880 i-MiEV.

The Leaf is a full size larger than the i-MiEV however, and at around 170 kilometres off one charge, its driving range is 15km better.

A bargain, then? That's a matter of perspective - the Leaf is no European prestige car, after all - but with a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating (4-Star Euro NCAP for the i-MiEV), a more stylish design and greater interior space, we'd at least call it competitive.

“We’ve stated before that we expect to see meaningful sales volumes from LEAF as a contribution to Nissan Australia’s market growth expectations and zero emission leadership aspirations," Nissan Australia CEO Dan Thompson said.

“We see LEAF not only as a brand mobilizer but very much an integral part of our passenger car range."

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If the Leaf's price feels iffy to you, consider that Australia is one of the few countries that does not benefit from a single government incentive in the purchase price or running costs of an electric vehicle.

Still, even with the advantage of tax breaks and incentives, overseas markets have taken a shine to the Leaf.

Nissan says it has sold more than 20,000 in its first year, making it the highest-selling electric vehicle in history.

While the Leaf is still some months away from its local launch, Nissan has had a handful of cars in Australia for nearly a year, and we took one for a spin back in March. Click here for Tony's road-test review of the Leaf.


The Basics

The Leaf is powered by a 90kW and 280Nm electric motor, drawing energy from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Maximum speed is around 140km/h.

There's a driving range of up to 170 kilometres, and a full battery charge will take around 8 hours. The LEAF will be able to regain up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes, however.

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