Posted by Group1 Nissan on 11 Jul 2022
It seems as if everyone and his dog are launching new electric vehicles all the time. But in the middle of this hurly-burly, there is one constant – the venerable Nissan LEAF launched 13 years ago as the first affordable EV.
The Nissan LEAF is still the most affordable EV in America, with the base model LEAF S coming in at $28 895 (around R476 000) including a delivery fee and less a government subsidy of $7 500.
There is a feeling that the LEAF may be getting to the end of its life, at least in its current form. Nissan USA has reduced the five trim levels to just two: the base model S mentioned above and the range-topping SV Plus at $36 895.
The two cars are quite different. The base S model has a 40-kWh battery with a range of 240km, while the SV Plus has a 60-kWh battery with a range of 341km. It also comes standard with Nissan’s excellent ProPilot Assist driver-assistance suite that combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping technology.
The 2023 LEAF also gets a looks update, with the grille losing a chrome accent line and getting a backlit Nissan logo. This, together with the tweaked headlights softens the V-theme so prominent up to now.
Rumours emerged last year that Nissan has plans to replace the LEAF with an electric SUV around 2025. Nissan already has a second-generation EV SUV – the Ariya – on its way to dealerships after being sold out before it reached US ports. But the LEAF replacement will be more affordable – who knows, it may even be a LEAF SUV? Time will tell.
The Nissan Ariya is Nissan’s answer to the crowd of top-end EVs coming to market. Currently, there are four models, each with an 87-kWh battery, which gives the base trim level a range of 483km. These cars start at $45 950.
Five more affordable Ariya models are planned with a 63-kWh battery and starting at around $40 000.
The biggest chunk of cost in an EV is the battery pack. Although this cost has come down with volume, current manufacturing practice and battery technology have reached a plateau. Nissan is investing heavily in new battery technology, including the holy grail of solid-state batteries. Current projections suggest the company could reach a cost of $65 per kW/h, which will give it price parity with internal combustion vehicles. And that would be the end of ICE.
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