18 May 2010 02:05:04
Nissan Leaf price announced
Car manufacturer Nissan has announced the price of its all-electric vehicle due to be released across Europe next year.
After incentives in various countries are taken into account, the Leaf will be priced at less than 30,000 (£25,641) in most markets. Nissan claims that this price will be comparable with most hybrid and diesel vehicles.
The UK will be among four markets covered by the initial launch, as will the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal, and reservations for the Leaf will be open in July.
Before incentives, the price of the Leaf in Britain, including the battery, will be £28,350. However, government incentives on the purchase of electric vehicles will see this figure cut by up to £5,000.
Leaf owners in all of the four initial markets will also benefit from reduced or zero levels of road tax.
Simon Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan International, said that it is placing in 4 billion in electric vehicles.
"This investment includes five battery plants and seven confirmed assembly plants, including Sunderland in the UK," he added.
Low carbon business ambassador Julia King said recently that initiatives relating to the creation of electric vehicles have been "disjointed", however the industry is changing its attitude to the technology.
So, will the Nissan Leaf be a success in the UK?