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2013 Nissan LEAF: Updates, Pricing and Faster Charger

January 14th, 2013

[1/15/13 Update: Lower Pricing Announced]

Nissan has rolled out a few key updates for its 2013 LEAF electric car, now built right here in the United States, that will bring longer range . faster charge times and a new entry-level trim with a drastically reduced price .

The LEAF lineup will now start at just $28,800 before the $7,500 Federal electric car tax credit. bringing your net price to just $21,300, or even lower in those States with their own EV incentives . This represents a drop of a full $6,400 compared with the base 2012 SV model .The LEAF SV will now start at $31,820, or $3,380 less than 2012 s starting price. As for the top-of-the-line SL , pricing falls to $34,840 for savings of $2,410 over the 2012 LEAF SL.

2013 Nissan LEAF: What s New?

After 2 years on the market, Nissan has learned a thing or two about how to make its electric car better. First and foremost, that means lower pricing, although the LEAF S will come without a few standard features from last year s entry-level model. Nissan has removed the navigation system and back-up camera, and made the switch from alloy wheels to 16-inch steel rollers.

Also removed on the LEAF S is the remote charging interface, and halogen headlamps replace the SV and SL s all-LED units.

In addition to the changes in feature content, Nissan s shift in production of both the car and battery pack from Japan to Smyrna, Tennessee allows for savings on shipping costs and currency exchange rates.

New available features include leather seating for the SL, as well as a hybrid heating system for better climate control in cold weather while placing less load on the electric motor. Nissan has also included a new B drive mode that maximizes available range by upping the amount of energy captured when braking.

Faster Charging, Longer Range

SV and SL trims will benefit from a new 6.6 kW onboard charger, cutting the LEAF s recharge time approximately in half, to around 4 hours. The S will come with a 3.6 kW onboard charger, though the more-robust unit will be optional.

Also, aerodynamic improvements and better regenerative braking technology among other enhancements will improve range by around 15%, meaning the LEAF should be good for about 84 miles of combined city/highway driving. The current 2012 model is rated at 73 miles by the EPA.

Nissan s U.S. Lithium-Ion Battery Plant Open for Business

December 13th, 2012

Nissan Motor Company s new massive Tennessee lithium-ion battery production plant is now open for business. building battery packs for the soon-to-release updated 2013 Nissan LEAF for the United States and other world markets.

The United States new largest lithium-ion battery plant is located in Smyrna, Tenn. adjacent to Nissan s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant. Hiring around 300 new workers to date with a current annual capacity of 50,000 battery packs, the plant has the potential to build up to 200,000 battery packs annually if demand is there. Nissan has sold around 46,000 LEAF cars worldwide to date.

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The updated 2013 Nissan LEAF is all set to launch early next year with the new U.S.-built battery packs, with rumors pointing to an increase in driving range by up to 25% over the current 2012 model s EPA-estimated 73 miles. The plant will also produce batteries for an upcoming Infiniti electric car.

By bypassing unfavorable current yen-to-dollar exchange rates and saving on battery pack shipping costs, Nissan has also pledged to offer next year s LEAF at a lower price point. How much lower? We ll just have to wait and see.

Nissan Buys Back Nissan Leafs via Lemon Laws

October 1st, 2012

Nissan USA has repurchased two LEAF electric cars under Arizona lemon laws, the newest development in an ongoing saga where owners allege the LEAF quickly loses battery capacity, and therefore driving range, when parked and driven in hot climates like Arizona s.

The lemon law buybacks come after an independent group of Arizona LEAF owners tested 12 cars that had in-car computers indicating lower battery capacity than when newly purchased. Testing confirmed driving range did indeed drop proportional to the loss of visible bars, and one Arizona LEAF driver who ended his lease early said he could no longer even complete his 42-mile one-way commute to work. The EPA says the LEAF should travel for around 73 miles on a charge.

From Nissan s official statement on the matter:

In the interest of customer satisfaction, Nissan has recently repurchased two customer vehicles as a good will gesture. The company s investigation has determined that there is no defect with the Nissan LEAF, but we did use a buyback formula modeled on an Arizona state repurchase law, given its established criteria.

With all due respect to Nissan, this strikes us as cheeky and evasive, although the company says they have sold around 450 LEAFs in the Phoenix area and that the majority of owners are very satisfied. The message board thread at MyNissanLeaf.com where Arizona owners coordinated the test is now 405 pages long and growing, with several more owners indicating they intend to seek lemon law buybacks.

Said former LEAF owner Mason Convey, whose EV was one of the two that Nissan repurchased: We re not sure at this point if this is the beginning of their admission that this is an issue, or if this is them trying quiet a few isolated individuals.

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