The first country to get the price cut is a very important EV market in Europe, France.
Nissan Leaf’s mid and high versions (Acenta and Tekna) get a 1.400 € price cut in France, but other countries will follow.
You probably don’t care about this price drop and want to know more about the upcoming new Nissan Leaf. There is a lot of information – and noise – behind the curtains and I won’t make the same mistake I did before when I published the initial release dates – that were postponed time after time. I learned my lesson and won’t announce any more dates until they are official, because when the automaker decides to delay the initial plan, it is the messenger who puts his reputation at stake – not the automaker that decided to make the delay.
What I can tell you is that Nissan had good reasons to delay the improved Nissan Leaf release. We can’t have car drivers beta testing safety features. The final ProPILOT tests take place this month in London and are going to worth the wait.
But further improving ProPILOT may not be the only reason why Nissan decided to wait, there is the possibility that the new AESC battery cells are going to be used only in the Eaton Nissan xStorage and LG Chem finally convinced Nissan to use their battery cells in the Leaf. As I said before, there is a lot of noise behind the curtains.
If you don’t want any drama with all these hesitations you should look at the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, that I consider to be the best all-around electric car available in its price range.
Don’t let this Nissan Leaf Mexican soap opera make you think that 2017 won’t be a great year for electric cars, because it will. The Gigafactory, the Tesla Model 3 and the LG Chem battery cell plant in Poland make 2017 an important year and are cornerstones needed to Push EVs into mass adoption.