For nearly eight years now, the first-generation Nissan LEAF has been an affordable everyday family car to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. First with a twenty-four kilowatt-hour battery pack and more recently a thirty- kilowatt-hour battery pack, current Nissan LEAFs can travel an EPA-approved one hundred and seven miles per charge in the U.S — about one hundred and seventy two kilometers — and when specced with a DC quick charge port, can refill their on-board battery packs from empty to eighty percent full in about thirty minutes from a compatible DC quick charge station.
Yet as you’ll know if you’ve followed electric vehicle development for any length of time, the current generation LEAF is due to be superseded this year by the next-generation twenty eighteen Nissan LEAF.
Expected to have a longer-range at least double that of the current LEAF and due to debut with some semi-autonomous driving technology, the next-generation LEAF will enter the marketplace about the same time as the brand-new Tesla Model 3 and as such, will need to sell for a similar amount of money to both the Model 3 and the twenty seventeen Chevy Bolt EV.
And that means that Nissan is seriously discounting the outgoing LEAF model, working with local dealers and groups across the world to offer some really low-priced lease deals and financing plans. In some places in the U.S. for example, that’s brought down the cost of a new LEAF down to thirteen thousand dollars after incentives and group buy discounts.
But should you buy one? Or should you hold out for the replacement?
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