Nissan Announces LEAF e+ Prices For Europe And Japan

JAN 9 2019 BY MARK KANE 48

In Europe, the LEAF e+ costs €5,600 or 14% more than the base LEAF (40 kWh)

Nissan didn’t wait long to announce prices for the new LEAF e+ version of the LEAF for Japan (when it will go on sale in January) and for Europe (where orders are accepted now with deliveries scheduled from Summer 2019).

Let’s start with Japan. The base Nissan LEAF e+ will start from ¥4,162,320 (around $38,370).

In the case of Europe, Nissan announced two Limited Edition versions for “old” and new version:

  • LEAF 3.ZERO (40 kWh) – from €39,900 (orders now, deliveries from May)
  • LEAF 3.ZERO e+ (62 kWh) – from €45,500 (orders now, deliveries from Summer)

** visit your local website for adjusted price in each country

Expected price in the U.S. – $35,000

As you can see on the example of Europe, the difference between the two battery/drivetrain options is €5,600 or 14%. It would mean that in the U.S. the price of 62 kWh LEAF e+ should be between $34,000-$35,000 (applying the same 14% increase to $29,990 MSRP). Maybe more depending on the difference in the value of standard equipment between the base 40 kWh version and 3.ZERO 40 kWh version.


The new LEAF 3.ZERO (40 kWh) will get, just like the new e+, improvement over current trims:

  • 8-inch infotainment screen enabling additional connectivity services such as door-to-door navigation
  • An all-new and improved NissanConnect EV app will also be available when the LEAF 3.ZERO hit the market
  • New body colors and two-tone color combinations will complete the choices

LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition

Only 5,000, well equipped 3.ZERO e+ Limited Editions are to be made before Nissan will begin regular sales of three trim levels we believe.

“The Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition will also be available to order from January 9 across European markets. This limited edition – of which only 5,000 units will be produced for Europe – will feature a higher output capable of delivering 160 kW (217 PS) and longer range capabilities with expected driving range of up to 385 km* from a single charge.

The LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition was announced in Japan and is present at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, this week. Both equally appealing ownership propositions, the current Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO and the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition uphold the LEAF’s status as the icon of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.

At the centre of the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition is an Intelligent Power-enhanced battery. It has 25% more density and a 55% increase in energy storage capacity. Through innovative design and clever engineering, the new higher-power battery contains 288 cells compared to the 192 found in the 40 kWh equivalent.

On the road, the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition 62 kWH battery will deliver a 40% range increase over the LEAF 3.ZERO which is equipped with a 40 kWh battery. This represents more than an additional range of 100km for a comparable usage, a clear evolution of the LEAF.

The LEAF 3.ZERO models will feature both e-Pedal and ProPILOT. These critically acclaimed Intelligent Driving technologies are transforming the driving experience.

The e-Pedal is a new driving sensation for many, allowing the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. This delivers a seamless, smooth drive and maximum control to the driver through enhanced pedal feedback.

ProPILOT is an advanced driving assistance technology which works on single-lane highways. A ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system, it allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios. The technology reduces driving stress and fatigue, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel.

For exceptional customer confidence, the LEAF 3.ZERO and LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition batteries come with the same eight-year/160,000 km Nissan warranty enjoyed by all other versions of the LEAF.”

“The LEAF 3.ZERO price starts at 39.900€, while the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition will be available for sale from 45.500€**.

European customers wanting to order either model can register their interest online from the 9 January 2019 or visit one of Nissan’s 2,000 retailers in Europe.

First deliveries of the LEAF 3.ZERO are expected to start from May 2019, while initial customer deliveries of the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition will commence from summer 2019.”

Gareth Dunsmore, director, electric vehicles and connected services, Nissan Europe, commented:

“The Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition broadens the appeal of the LEAF family even further, adding more range to an award-winning package that remains great to drive and live with.

“Since we launched the new Nissan LEAF last year, the customer response has been outstanding. In an EV market that is constantly growing, sustaining the LEAF’s status as the most popular EV in Europe in 2018 is a testament to the strength of the product. We hope the LEAF 3.ZERO models will help continuing this extraordinary growth in 2019.”

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Well, maybe some suckers will go for it.

Currently, in the US, the only other competition for it is the Bolt EV (as in 50 state available non compliance EV). Until the Model 3 Standard ships they should sell some. I expect this could outsell the Bolt EV as the feature set is nicer. Both are pretty decent hatchbacks.

The Kona and Niro might be nicer, but Kia has no plans for volume sales in the US and highly limited distribution. At least I trust Nissan will actively make enough to meet demand in the US like GM has with the Bolt EV.

Even then, the Model 3 standard might not appeal to some people looking for a compact hatch (for example, owners with dogs). However, I don’t expect the Leaf will have a very large market.

The Bolt has liquid cooling. Ergo much nicer feature set. You have to be a Dolt to get the Nissan.

I need a battery heater before I need liquid cooling… (Bolt EV has a heater as well). Point is it comes down to other options, so the ProPilot Assist system is more impressive to me than the Bolt EVs system. Honestly, I wouldn’t buy either unless they were cheap and used. But that is me.

Bolt is more og less a US only car, so the rest have LEAF, and some very limited sales from Hyundai / KIA to choose from.
I’m sure it does the job fine, for people not living in a semi desert area.

I think it will continue to sell pretty OK globally. Tesla Model 3 may of course impact the sales, but are currently a more expensive option. I’m not sure Europe will see a 35K Model 3 in 2019 at all.

Considering how Nissan is now using LG chem batteries, I doubt they will have an unlimited supply of batteries this time.

Everyone’s battery supply is limited by how many orders they made for the particular car. There is no particular resource issue here. It is all about capital and how many cars they thought they would sell a couple years ago when they placed the order.

Did you read the article? Not LG, their own.

Doesn’t the standard Model 3 and the new Leaf ship within the same quarter? Considering the current Leaf and the Bolt have similar sales number in the US, I would be wary about predicting a Leaf sales explosion. The market for Bolt-like vehicles seems rather thin.

I am not predicting a Leaf sales explosion (maybe relatively vs last year sell 50% more or something), I said I predict it will outsell the Bolt EV (that isn’t saying much, but it was the best selling non Tesla EV last year in US). I said I expect them to sell “some” (meaning not many) until the Model 3 ships.

The market for small hot hatch wagons near $40k won’t change much, regardless of $40k Tesla Model 3 sports sedan.

Bolt can be had for significantly less $$. I’ve seen ads for fully loaded Premier Bolt EV for $32k. Before incentives.

You are correct, Chevy can reduce price of Bolt EV to maintain volume, hard to predict what they will do there. My guess is the Bolt EV will be retired as soon as their new CUV EV comes out (where is it, Reuss said 2 EVs based on Bolt EV within 18 months, have we seen those yet (China, but thought US market)?).

Regarding the current prices of the Nissan Leaf with the 40 kWh battery pack in The Netherlands:

The price of the Nissan Leaf 2.Zero Visia in The Netherlands is €34,040.- (that’s the base model).

The price of the Nissan Leaf 2.Zero Tekna in The Netherlands is €39,040.- (that’s the most expensive version).

What will be the price of the Nissan Leaf 3.Zero Visia (with the 62 kWh battery pack) in The Netherlands?

“The LEAF 3.ZERO price starts at 39.900€”

That’s right in between the starting price of the Hyundai Kona Electric Comfort (€38,315.-) and the starting price of the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh DynamicLine (€41,475.-). That’s in The Netherlands by the way.

The TM3 certainly seems more compelling in Europe than the new Leaf.

It is also another €20k or so….

Neither come close to the Kia e-Niro or Hyudai Kona.

I drove a Nissan Versa a few weeks ago. They’ve improved. .. surprisingly good ride/handling.

2019 base msrp … $12,360.

/400+ mile range, 5 minute “QC”
//just like the Leaf, you do have to replace the battery every 5 years or so, .. but it’ll cost a lot less

So you got a free new battery every 5 year! Best deal ever!
I own one and after 3 years and 100k km I am still at 90% so no free battery for me 🙁

To be fair, I’d compare the econo-box Nissan Versa to the Mitsubishi iMiev which was only about $16k after the tax credit. I’d put the Leaf somewhere between the Sentra and the Rogue Sport in Nissans lineup, $18-$22k respectively. A Leaf is at $22.5k after tax credit and that is in the ballpark, but I’d certainly rather see it on the lower end of that spread (without the tax credit being necessary). The tradeoff between weekly fill-ups vs daily plugging in should be a pretty easy sell to anyone with a garage or workplace charging.

Don’t you get tired of being wrong and ignorant?

You think a base Versa is comparable to the base Leaf? LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

A 3 year old Leaf at $10000 is still much better commuter car than a brand new Versa unless you have to drive long distances.
Even the bottom, Leaf S trim level has front and rear heated seats, heated steering wheel, intelligent keyless entry, and push button start.
If you opt for the Versa SV special edition the option levels become comparable. But the price becomes over $16000.

2. Zero Edition was around 35k € and now its suddenly over 40k with only minor upgrades? Bigger battery even 45k+. Still no reliable info on battery heat management, sorry Nissan but the E Niro or Ioniq are a much better deal in my opinion.

I think the 2.Zero was €36,990 when it launched but your point is correct. The price is going up rather than down. They will need to change this quickly when they update the standard trims.

So roughly $225 per kw/h extra for the added battery capacity. It could be worse but it begs to question the ~$120 per kw/h guestimates on battery cost and how much profitability is getting factored in.

Even if you use $225/kwh, Nissan should be able to build out a 90 kw Leaf [over 300 miles of range] for about $39,995. That kind of sounds neat.

Remember, cell cost and battery cost are two different things. Liquid cooling and heating make a big difference in battery pack cost vs cell cost.

I doubt there’s room in the Leaf’s body for a 90kWh battery using current tech… Not to mention the adverse effect on efficiency & performance of the added weight.

I don’t understand why the Leaf with smaller battery size still doesn’t have ‘frunk’. How does Tesla do it with much larger battery size and with TMS around the large battery pack?

It has to do with where they add power electronics, wiper fluid tank, HVAC, where they add break fluid and power steering what ever.

Add larger wheels, use the hight to add a fat bastard of a battery, and call is a City SUV.. or what ever..
Never mind the looks, just sell it cheap enough, and they would probably sell some, with hardly any development costs.
Must tweak motor to compensate for a 1500kg battery though 😊.
I’m sure we’ll see a customer on YouTube that slice and dice 2 current LEAF, and just sandwich two battery packs on top of each other.. and add some weird wheels more suited for a desert buggy of some kind.

Theoretically, this should sell better than the previous leaf models.
But will it?
The price keeps going up instead of coming down.
Kona EV is coming soon also.
People who don’t need cargo space of a hatch are waiting for $35k Tesla.

The problem is that the Kona / E Niro are compliance car with very low volume in North America.
I try to get a E Niro but will go for the leaf 3.0

2018 LEAF S is listed at $219 for 36 months with $2,929 due at signing, which equates to an effective cost of $300/month. That is a cheap EV to lease/drive for 3 years while waiting for the rest of the planet to get tired of $50k TM3’s… $45k TM3’s… $40k TM3s… etc. Just say’n.

When will they release info about the battery thermal systems?!? My bet is since they have been pretty hush about it — it will likely be inadequate.

They have already confirmed passive thermal management. No change.

Don’t you get tired of answering these people who ask the same question without doing any Googling?
I admire your willingness to help.

At €45,500 Leaf+ will be competing with MR Model 3 and as far as I am concerned it is not even close

I will rather spend ~€50K on Model 3…

If and when such an option is available…

In USA, Leaf plus won’t sell well for that exact reason. Only those who need the hatchback cargo space will buy the Leaf plus.

Yup, when the M3 SR starts shipping in Europe at ~35K EUR, the Leaf becomes impossible to sell.

Nissan may sell some in the meantime since there are many that does not believe that the SR will ship at all.

Not a word from Nissan on liquid cooling – hmm.

From an interview with Nissan, Electrek discovered it is still passive cooling.

Is there any visual difference between the Standard and the e+? I see a blue ‘lip’ under the nose. Is that specific to the e+?

Wonder what GM will answer with at NAIAS next week?

Does 50+ kW Chademo charging exist in the real world? I think that will be the real problem in Europe.

This price seems reasonable, although I think the Kia E-Niro would be a better buy.

So, for Europe, no CCS, no active cooling on a denser and thicker battery and… 5000 units “limited edition”?? Is this a joke? Why even announce it?