Fleets to save big with all-electric second-generation Nissan LEAF

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:20
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CHEAP: LEAF can garner big operational savings

Fleets can make potentially huge savings with the new LEAF, after Nissan announced the vehicle will be priced from £189 per month.

The second-generation LEAF – the world’s bestselling all-electric car – features more than 100 improvements over its predecessor, including extended range, faster charging times and three new trim grades.

Running costs are incredibly low, at just two pence per mile, while the vehicle is exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the £10-a-day London Congestion Charge.

Indeed, the £189-a-month entry-level LEAF Visia – worth £15,990 after the government’s £5,000 plug-in grant – costs less than the London Congestion Charge alone.

Jon Pollock, Sales Director at Nissan Motor (GB) Limited, said: “We’re expecting the new LEAF to be a big hit with UK motorists.

“The car itself is vastly improved on the already impressive original, but the new pricing structure makes the LEAF an even more attractive option.

“When you factor in fuel savings plus exemption from road tax and the London congestion charge it’s clear to see that making the switch to a LEAF could very quickly pay for itself.”

Under LEAF Flex, battery leasing arrangements are built-in to the financing package, aiming to bring prices down and make monthly payments more manageable.

After a £4,083 customer deposit and Nissan’s £1,600 contribution, a LEAF Visia Flex customer pays 36 £119 monthly payments of, plus £70 per month for the battery on a 7,500 miles-per-annum contract.

At the end of the three-year term, they can make a one-off payment of £7,905 to complete the purchase, continuing to pay the monthly battery lease.

With the same deposit, the LEAF Flex battery lease scheme brings the monthly cost of the LEAF Acenta down to £239 and the LEAF Tekna to £289.

Those buying the car with the battery included pay the same deposit, followed by 36 monthly payments of £229 for the Visia, £279 for the Acenta, and £329 for the LEAF Tekna.

At the end of the three-year term, they either return the vehicle or make a one-off final payment to complete the purchase, with no further battery leasing payments required.

Outright, the LEAF Visia can be purchased for £20,990 after the £5,000 Plug-In Car Grant, with the LEAF Acenta available for £23,490 and the LEAF Tekna priced at £25,490.