Nissan Motor Co. has announced that the company’s electric car, Leaf, will be sold in Europe for a price below 30,000 euros (37,105 dollars) after various government incentives.
The Leaf is an environment friendly car which being endorsed by Nissan as the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle with zero emissions. Leaf goes on sale in Portugal and the Netherlands in December, and will reach Britain and Ireland in February 2011, the Japanese company announced at a London press conference on Monday. Reservations will start from July.
“Nissan leads the industry by being the first automaker to offer an affordable zero-emission car,” said Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, adding the price will include the cost of a lithium battery.
“It’s a pure electric vehicle, with no tailpipe emissions and very low running costs.” The vehicle will be priced at 29,955 euros in Portugal and 29,995 euros in Ireland after government incentives.
In Britain, after a state incentive of 5,000 pounds, the Leaf will be available for 23,350 pounds (27,338 euros, 33,750 dollars). The price in the Netherlands will be 32,839 euros but there will be extra subsidies that will bring down the price by anything ranging from 6,000-19,000 euros.
Nissan, in which Renault has 43.4 per cent stake, predicts that electric vehicles will account for ten percent of worldwide car sales by 2020. Nissan Leaf is a five-seater electric car with a range of 160 kilometres and travels at a top speed of 140 kmph. The battery pack charges quite rapidly and fills up to 80 per cent in just about 30 minutes. Nissan also said that the Leaf will cost around the same as a diesel or hybrid vehicle, like Toyota Prius.