2018 Nissan LEAF
One week ago, production of the 2018 Nissan LEAF kicked off in the U.S., but it was way back on 2010 when the first LEAF changed the EV landscape. How much has the LEAF involved in those past 7 years?
2011 Nissan LEAF
Nissan Parts Plus released an interesting comparison of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF and the old one from 2011. This makes it easy to see what's actually changed during the past seven years.
The initial 2011 LEAF SL started at $34,540, which after adjusting for inflation is $37,550 today (+8.7%) according to the infographic. The next generation LEAF SL starts at $36,200 so it's effectively slightly cheaper.
The 2011 LEAF was very well equipped, which means it needs to be compared to the higher trim LEAF today.
It's good to see that at a similar price, Nissan now offers a car that looks more stylish, has around double the range (150 miles vs 73 miles EPA) and features a significantly larger 40 kWh battery (instead 24 kWh).
There is more power - 110 kW (instead 80 kW), so acceleration is improved too. And finally, the 2018 LEAF has 25% more claimed cargo capacity, as well as slightly better drag coefficient.
We should note too that the new LEAF adds a 6.6 kW on-board charger in place of 3.3 kW.
2018 vs 2011 Nissan Leaf SL Comparison (source: Nissan Parts Plus)
Source: Nissan Parts Plus