New LEAF coming in September, existing lessees will get a deal

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With new 200-mile EVs from GM and Tesla making headlines, the EV world has been anxiously awaiting word of how Nissan, maker of the world’s all-time best-selling pure EV, would respond.

Now at least we have a date.

“Nissan USA’s all-new Nissan LEAF will be globally revealed in Sept. & go on sale before the end of the year,” the company announced in a tweet.

No details about the new vehicle were divulged, and the educated guesses and speculation have been flying thick and heavy. Nissan has said in the past that the new LEAF will have a range of over 200 miles, and that it will have some sort of autonomous driving ability. It has also strongly implied that it will have a sportier look, and many have speculated that it will resemble the IDS concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2015.

Nissan has been slow to discuss the upcoming LEAF for fear of spoiling sales of the existing LEAF. Along with the notice of the September reveal, the company announced an offer for existing lessees designed to keep them in the fold. “Many LEAF owners can extend their lease, get 3 months of courtesy payments & get on the list for the next LEAF,” tweeted Nissan.

Tim Gallagher, Nissan’s Senior Manager of LEAF and Electric Vehicles, confirmed the offer in a message to InsideEVs. “Select” LEAF customers with leases that expire in 2017 will receive an offer to “potentially receive three months of waived payments on their extended leases, and be placed on a priority list for the all-new LEAF.”

“We know we have plenty of loyal and passionate customers and we want to keep them in the family,” Gallagher continued. “This gives them some options. We are pretty confident that the next generation LEAF – all together, range, technology, design and value – will exceed their expectations.”


Source: Green Car Reports, InsideEVs

  • Dave_SRQ

    When September comes around, EV consumers will be deaf to anything that doesn’t sound like Model 3. Nissan might as well hype it up now, while folks are still listening.

    • Me

      The new leaf may come with a huge price drop exactly as Tesla made…
      I believe they are waiting now for Tesla’s to go on sale so they can undercut them.

      • Dave_SRQ

        Really? You think that’s their plan? How much do you think Nissan will have to undercut Tesla to make up for not having a supercharger network?

        • Rob Kay

          Oh dear, oh dear! Check out the almost non-existent Tesla supercharger network in Scotland, then check out the Rapid charging network. You would be crazy to buy a Tesla based on their supercharging network, unless you did a lot of long distance driving, which most of us do not.

          • Dave_SRQ

            Maybe you own a Leaf, or maybe you live in Scotland. But I’m pretty sure of two things:
            1. You have no need for long distance driving, and
            2. You don’t own a 200+ mile EV.

            If you ever had any experience taking a road trip with a longer range EV you would know that all of the quasi-fast chargers in Scotland are 50KW units. That means in a short range EV you drive for 60 minutes and then charge for 30 minutes (and repeat). Or in a longer range EV you drive for 2 hours and then charge for 75 minutes. Either way it’s a painful way to take a road trip. It will suffice for emergencies but that’s about it. Oh – and those 50KW Scotland charging stations only have 2 bays (1 CCS, and 1 Chademo). You could easily get stuck behind somebody who just started charging for 75 minutes.

            Tesla’s superchargers are 120KW to 135KW and typically have up to 8 bays. You drive for 2 1/2 hours and then charge for 35 minutes. But hey, if a driver doesn’t take road trips, none of this matters.

          • Rob Kay

            As it happens, I drive 15,000 Leaf miles a year: yes I do need to stop every 90 minutes or so on longer trips – most of our Scottish rural roads are 40-50 mph type A and B roads rather than superhighways, and the Leaf is ideal under those slightly more sedate speeds.

          • Dave_SRQ

            Hey Rob, I must admit I did test drive a Leaf at an EV event a few years ago, and I thought it was a well made car. I also drove a BMW i3, and I recall liking the Leaf more (maybe because it was bigger, or maybe because it was much less expensive – can’t remember). In my opinion, Nissan also priced it right at just under $30K before any tax credits. It would be a great commuter vehicle for that price. For $5K more, a base Model 3 with double the range, plus road-trip capability is very compelling. Having said that – I understand why you like the Leaf.

          • John M. Glennie

            Sorry to hear Rob… we have quite a nice SC network in ONtario, CAN and it’s growing every week. TESLAs can use all other charging formats, 120, 240, 500DC PLUS SuperCharging. – 2015 SL owner. I notice, as a buyer, I don’t get an incentive to stay Nissan… – Model 3 reservation holder. 😀

          • Electric Bill

            Rob Kay—

            It’s sorta like the fireman going into the burning building to save a bunch of kids, and only having two arms to carry them out. Tough choices for Tesla when it comes to where they place their newest Superchargers, knowing that somebody is going to feel slighted. It may only be slight consolation to remind oneself that, given another few short years, Superchargers will be ubiquitous for us all, regardless of what car brands we may be loyal to.

          • Rob Kay

            I’m glad that your city has firemen with four arms: could you post a video on Youtube, please?
            PS, is this some form of gentic cloning programme?

          • Electric Bill

            ???? I guess I don’t understand your joke— I read my post over several times, and a few friends have as well, and none of us understand how you interpret what I said to indicate that any firefighters anywhere have anything more than two arms. I guess you simply misread my own post.

          • Rob Kay

            The analogy you used was sufficient bizarre to give me a chuckle!

          • missinglinkingv

            Pffffft. Scotland? Irrelevant.

          • Rob Kay

            You might think so: 5 million Scots disagree. And we did invent much of the technology that you use everyday – we are not exactly minnows or dwarves, you know.

        • Me

          This my humble merely opinion. Just a thought… we will come back and look at it. 🙂

  • Michael Walsh

    I believe the Nissan LEAF 2018 – will be a contender if it is sporty looking- man were they OVERDUE for a refresh and took FOREVER to increase range. That’s where Nissan really blew it in the EV game. Too slow!!

    • gizmowiz

      The EV is too slow as well and their keeping with that conservative ‘grandma’ approach for the new Leaf as well.

      As a result, this two time Leaf owner is looking forward to my Model 3 with AWD and 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds.

      Bye bye grandma!

  • bitflung

    – 2012 LEAF SL owner

  • gizmowiz

    So those who actually bought their Leaf’s get screwed heh?

    • Jeffrey Lee Virgin

      I lease a Leaf, because like a laptop it was readily apparent, in 4 years that advancing technology would make it practically worthless.

      • Rob Kay

        Me too, I’m onto my second Leaf now, and would hate to go back to the 24 kWh version with the poor heater! But I think that as the best-selling electric car worldwide, Nissan has to take the credit of providing affordable electric motoring to any perfectly normal families, leaving the luxury end to Tesla, and I’m hoping that the new model Leaf will be fabulous as well as affordable.