BEVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (September 6, 2017) – some models estimated

BEVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (September 6, 2017) – some models estimated

As the dust is settling on the 2018 Nissan LEAF's recent unveiling (full details/watch debut here), it's time to check out the newest EV's position in the ever-crowed plug-in landscape.

The 2018 LEAF's pricing starts from $29,990 ($30,875 incl. $885 destination), which works out to be net $23,375 after the federal tax credit.

The range of the 40 kWh version is EPA-estimated by Nissan at 150 miles.

As you can from the chart above, at that range there really is no competitor for 2018 Nissan LEAF...at least until you get into the much longer ranges of the Chevy Bolt EV, and the Tesla offerings - those all for a fair shake more money.

Is the new LEAF planned for the "sweet spot", or just a random spot?  We will find out when the car arrives in all 50 US states and Europe in January.

We should note, there will be another LEAF trim level added to the chart, but we will need to wait roughly a year for longer range/higher performance 60 kWh EV, as Nissan promises that version's arrival as a 2019 model year car in late 2018.

The "e-Plus" 2019 Nissan LEAF is pegged by the company to have "more than 200 miles" (think 215-200 miles), but wanting to sell as many 40 kWh copies as it can today...Nissan doesn't really want to talk so much about it right now.

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

The new 2018 LEAF/40 kWh version is clearly targeted to once again dominate the lower spectrum of the EV market, and to take fulladvantage of the US federal credit - as its predecessor did.

While the new Nissan LEAF likely won't be apply much pressure to the Tesla Model 3 or even the Chevrolet Bolt EV (that will come with the 2019 LEAF), it certainly puts the legion of 80-120 mile city/compliance BEVs on notice, as in just one night Nissan has redefined what the definition of "entry level EV" means to the Americans.

BEVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (September 6, 2017) – some models estimated

BEVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (September 6, 2017) – some models estimated

Despite the fact the 40 kWh LEAF is now easily one of the most affordable EVs today, the battery capacity is to not high enough to drive average price per mile down low enough to best the Tesla Model 3 or Chevrolet Bolt EV.   The 40 kWh LEAF trim level currently sits in 4th place at $206 per kWh.

BEVs price (MSRP + DST) per mile of EPA range comparison – U.S. (September 6, 2017) – some models estimated

BEVs price (MSRP + DST) per mile of EPA range comparison – U.S. (September 6, 2017) – some models estimated