In what Nissan Canada bills as the “world’s first affordable, mass-marketed all-electric car,” the Nissan LEAF will carry an MSRP of $38,395 when it hits select Canadian showrooms this fall.
Ian Forsyth, EV project manager with Nissan says the pricing announcement brings the automaker one step closer to market, adding that customers in Ontario and Quebec are eligible for a provincial government rebate of $8,500 and $8,000, respectively, toward the cost of a Nissan LEAF.
The LEAF will be available in two trim levels – an SV base model at $38,395 and SL for $39,995.
Included with the SV is, among other things, a cold weather package specifically designed for countries with colder climates; an 80 kW (107 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor, 24kWh lithium-ion battery and 3.3 kW onboard charger, front and rear disc brakes, regenerative braking system, ABS, brake assist, Nissan Navigation System, CARWINGS telematics monitoring system and trip computer, Bluetooth and Nissan Intelligent Key.
The SL model adds a rearview monitor, fog lights, solar panel charger, Homelink transceiver (for garage door openers) and a cargo cover.
There is also an available option on the SL model for a Quick Charge Port for an extra $900.
The reported operating costs of the Nissan LEAF are significantly less than an internal combustion engine (ICE), with the cost per kilometre of a LEAF sitting at about 80 per cent lower than that of a “very fuel-efficient car.” For example, a car with an ICE and an average fuel efficiency of 8 litres/100 km will cost about $1,760 in gas per year (assuming a gas price of $1.10/litre and a distance of 20,000 km/year). To travel the same distance in the Nissan LEAF will cost approximately $320 per year (with electricity at $0.11 kWh).
In a previous interview with Canadian AutoWorld, Forsyth said Nissan would launch the vehicle in select markets this fall where it has commenced a collaborative effort with provincial governments and power companies on a creating a vehicle-charging infrastructure.
Though he did note that any Nissan dealer who wants to sell the LEAF would be welcomed.