A month ago Nissan dropped the Leaf’s price in France by 1.400 €, a month later it’s Portugal’s time to get a 1.000 € price cut.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the Nissan Leaf now has a starting price of 22.840 € – with 2.250 € Government incentive included. You can ignore the 24 kWh battery version since in reality it’s no longer available, the same can be said about the Flex option (battery leasing).
It’s no surprise that Portugal is getting better prices for both the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf sooner than other countries. The main reason is its temperature. The next week temperature forecast of 24º C for Lisbon is the perfect scenario to test drive an electric car for the first time. The warm temperature will contribute for a higher predicted range figure on the guess-o-meter, which is essential for a good first impression. The same scenario can’t be found in most Europeans countries where sub-zero temperatures are frequent at this time of the year…
To better grasp the different realities let’s check the two examples below.
Even with a much higher Government incentive to buy an electric car (6.000 €) and lower VAT, in France the same Nissan Leaf Visia with the 30 kWh battery is more expensive than it’s in Portugal, it costs 25.900 €, instead of 22.840 €.
In Germany the scenario is even worst, the 24 kWh battery and Flex options are still available.
Nevertheless, it’s just a question of time until we see the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance highly promoting their electric cars in every major market. Across the ocean, in the USA the discounts to buy/lease a 2017 Nissan Leaf are already really good.