2017 Nissan LEAF
Nissan has announced a new offer for its 2017 model year LEAF in France; one of which we believe will be similar to all of the Europe in due time.
Specifically, that Japanese EV from this year forward will be available solely with only the recently upgraded 30 kWh battery among all three trim levels (Visia, Acenta and Tekna), leaving the original 24 kWh setup forever.
We earlier reported (last October), that Nissan had quietly removed the 24 kWh trim from its North America lineup, and it now appears that the company's battery facility in Sunderland (UK) has stopped its production of the original chemistry/24 kWh packs as well.
Prices in France for the 2017/30 kWh LEAF start at €31,900 with 205 VAT, but consumers are eligible for €6,000 worth of incentives, which helps makes the 107 mile/173 km (real world range/EPA) EV much more affordable
There is also an option in Europe still to buy the LEAF without batteries (€5,900 cheaper), and then rent the pack for those worried about its longevity.
As with the US, having only the 30 kWh version available, makes room for a future, longer-range battery version to be announced shortly...we hope.