Nissan LEAF gets cheaper

Nissan LEAF gets cheaper
Nissan LEAF configurator in Portugal in January 2020

The Nissan LEAF is no longer the front-runner of electric cars and Nissan knows it. However, instead of introducing major changes to the LEAF, Nissan is pushing for a cheaper price to remain relevant.

Now Nissan introduced a cheaper entry-level trim with a slower 3,6 kW on-board charger and without dual USB ports for the rear seats. Nonetheless, the price difference between the two cheapest trim levels can vary a lot from country to country.

Let’s see the advertised prices (before government incentives) in some countries that already got the new entry-level trim.

 

Portugal

  • ACENTA ACCESS (40 kWh): 26.880 €
  • ACENTA (40 kWh): 27.680 €
  • N-CONNECTA (40 kWh): 28.780 €
  • TEKNA (40 kWh): 31.280 €

 

  • E+ N-CONNECTA (62 kWh): 40.000€
  • E+ TEKNA (62 kWh): 42.500€

 

Nissan LEAF promo for companies in Portugal

 

In Portugal companies can benefit from VAT deduction on the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Considering that VAT in Portugal is 23 %, it represents a huge saving and that’s why electric cars like the Nissan LEAF and the Renault ZOE are extremely popular with companies. A tourist in Lisbon easily notice that most new Uber cars are electric.

 

Spain

  • ACENTA ACCESS (40 kWh): 25.900 €
  • ACENTA (40 kWh): 29.900 €
  • N-CONNECTA (40 kWh): 31.440 €
  • TEKNA (40 kWh): 33.900 €

 

  • E+ N-CONNECTA (62 kWh): 37.850 €
  • E+ TEKNA (62 kWh): 40.400 €

 

The ACENTA ACCESS represents a 4.000 euros saving when compared to the next cheapest trim level. With this amount of discount losing the 6,6 kW on-board charger and the dual USB ports in the rear seats doesn’t sound so bad.

 

France

  • First (40 kWh): 29.400 €
  • Acenta (40 kWh): 30.400 €
  • N-Connecta (40 kWh): 32.400 €
  • Tekna (40 kWh): 34.200 €

 

  • e+ N-Connecta (62 kWh): 37.700 €
  • e+ Tekna (62 kWh): 39.500 €

 

Italy

  • Acenta 3.6 (40 kWh): 30.700 €
  • Acenta (40 kWh): 31.000 €
  • Business (40 kWh) 32.700 €
  • N-Connecta (40 kWh): 33.475 €
  • Tekna (40 kWh): 35.330 €

 

  • e+ N-Connecta (62 kWh): 38.775 €
  • e+ Tekna (62 kWh): 41.950 €

 

The new entry-level trim only seems tempting in Spain where it starts at 25.900 euros, which is 4.000 euros cheaper than the second cheapest trim level available. In other countries the difference between the two cheapest trim levels is a lot smaller and might not be worth it.

Anyway, while a price cut is always welcome, Nissan should stop delaying the inevitable by introducing to the LEAF the long awaited TMS (Thermal Management System) to prolong the lifespan of the battery packs and increase DC fast charging speed. Moreover, in Europe the fast charging standard CHAdeMO is dead, Nissan should embrace the Combined Charging System (CCS) as soon as possible.

 

But what’s next?

Looking at the history of Nissan LEAF’s upgrades I wouldn’t be surprised if the next step is to ditch the 40 kWh battery and make the 62 kWh variant standard. The 270 km WLTP range from the 40 kWh battery is now looking ridiculous for a family electric car like the Nissan LEAF. Especially now that smaller electric cars such as the Renault ZOE or PEUGEOT e-208 have better range.

However, the NCM 811 battery cells from AESC arrive this year. With 32 % more volumetric energy density than the current NCM 523 battery cells, Nissan could make a new 82 kWh battery pack with the same size. Considering that a good TMS takes some space in the battery pack, a 75 kWh NCM 811 battery with liquid cooling would be reasonable…

I hope that the Nissan LEAF is going to get a completely new battery pack this year with NCM 811 battery cells and liquid cooling. Electric cars without long-lasting battery packs aren’t environmentally friendly products.

 

Having this said, I do think that Nissan needs to have a smaller and cheaper electric car available for less than 20.000 euros in Europe. Something to be an alternative to the VW electric triplets that will be very tempting to young buyers and car sharing fleets.

 

What do you think Nissan should do next regarding electric cars?

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Tomas
8 months ago

In the netherlands the Acenta is starting from €36.990, crazy price difference compared to these prices….

JM
8 months ago

Firesake before killing LEAF altogether. True Japanese companies are only allowed hybrids.

Ricardo
8 months ago
Reply to  JM

Maybe you’re on to something. Either way, too little too late

Marcel
8 months ago

I agree that a new battery pack in the LEAF of at least 60Kwh with thermal management, plus a more affordable small car would be a good way to go. However, with the way that Nissan and the Japanese govt is trying to get rid of Renault ( by arresting Ghosn on dubious charges), it sounds like the leadership of the company is going in a regressive direction.

Add the idea that they’re aiming their EV effort with Ariya at the luxury market, where it’s going to have to compete with the e-tron, EQC and I-Pace, and I don’t trust them to make the right decisions here. Like JM said, they’re going to go all in on hybrids like Toyota, and it will be too little too late.

And the ID.3 and MG ZS EV are going to eat the Leaf’s lunch if Nissan doesn’t get a TMS into the Leaf soon, and maybe even drop the price some more.

Freddy
8 months ago
Reply to  Marcel

Unfortunately believe not only leadership in Japan HQ… Nissan Iberia (and maybe Europe) has been having huge problems in customer care…. Cars in warranty being repaired for over 6 months with clients just having to wait without car… dubious battery prices (even now in January 2020 another 20K€ budget appeared from official Nissan Portuguese dealer). I personally had to replace a front bumper Leaf 40kwh due to accident and waited for over 3 months… for a bumper… and they say Tesla has problems!!! I like the car with its ups (price, interior space, etc…) and downs (main issue with me is lack of TMS and CCS port). Nissan is losing a lot of it’s goodwill in Portugal at least…
Besides presenting an improved product (leaf 75 with TMS and CCS also), keeping the 40kwh as budget with TMS & CCS would be great to most people… but aftersales service must improove a lot….

Marcel
8 months ago
Reply to  Freddy

Yeah, if the Leaf has TMS and there are 100kw Chademo chargers, it would rank a lot higher on my list of EVs I might buy in 2022. Without these two things, taking the Leaf on a 500+km trip means a lot more charging time compared to the current leader, which is the Model 3. I’m calculating the Leaf 62 will take 90 minutes of charging for a 550km trip, whereas a Model 3 will be more like 40 minutes.

There will be a lot of other hatchback type EVs available in 2022, even in Canada, so the only advantage the Leaf might have by then will be cheaper price, if they can lower it some more. There will be the Model Y, Mach-E, ID.4, Niro EV, and maybe some more.

Knut Erik Ballestad
8 months ago
Reply to  Marcel

Well, I never tried taking my Leaf on such a long road trip, but the Model 3 required ~30 minutes charging time on a 500km trip.

Yous save charging time by driving till you reach a very low battery SoC, and then charge for 15 minutes only. After 15 mins the charge speed drops significantly.

TimStruppi
8 months ago
Reply to  Marcel

No need for TMS for 98% of all LEAF owners. My dealer sells 62kWh LEAF like hotcakes. He did not even have a demo car yet!!!

Knut Erik Ballestad
8 months ago
Reply to  TimStruppi

You are correct, as long as you don’t do long distance trips.

The first fast charge is 45+kW ~0-70%, but charging speed is significantly lower on your second charge stop, and horrible for the third or later stop… ~20kW

Freddy
8 months ago

The 45kwh max is achieved only until around 61% of first DC charging… begins to lower from this point onwards.
1 Stop is OK, so for a 40kwh in motorway ideal will be around 160/180kms (100-20%) + 30 min wait (20-70%) + 120/140kms… total distance daily reccomended: 280/320kms… my honest opinion having own the car for around 20 months and 38K Kms: It’s a solid commute car with possibility for medium range travelling…long range travelling is very difficult to manage with a family, unless you plan it very careful and have much free time!

TimStruppi
8 months ago

Click bait! This article is simply NOT true. Most prices are based on FINANCING by Renault-Nissan bank. Cash prices are roughly the same throughout Europe.

Cosmyc
8 months ago

I’m not seeing a liquid cooled Leaf until 3rd Gen model with new CMF-EV platform, which should be releasing soon, probably next year.
The new platform should arrive this year with the Nissan Ariya.