Nissan to raise price of Leaf EV in Europe
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Nissan is to raise the price of its Leaf electric vehicle in Europe, it confirmed February 23.
The Japanese automaker, which makes one of the world's first electric cars, is upping the UK retail price by £2,000 (€2,360) from March 1, pushing it to £30,990 (around €36,640).
The price will also raise by €2,151 in the Netherlands on March 1, making the new price €37,141, and prices in Ireland and Portugal are "currently being reviewed."
A Nissan UK spokesperson told Relaxnews that the price rise was "unavoidable," adding that it was mainly due to the rapid fall in the value of the pound against the Japanese yen.
Although the Leaf is eligible for incentives which take £5,000 (€5,910) off the purchase price in Britain, the hike will leave the vehicle more expensive than the present price of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is sold at £28,990 (€34,275) without incentives.
The hike pushes the price nearer to that of the Vauxhall Ampera, which is priced far higher than the Leaf in the US (sold as the Chevrolet Volt), and costs £33,995 (€40,190) in Britain and €42,900 in Europe.
Nissan has experienced something of a rough launch for the Leaf, with early enthusiasm overshadowed by distribution shortages as the automaker struggles to fulfil higher-than-expected demand.
With tens of thousands of the vehicles pre-ordered in the US, Europe and Japan, the firm has been accused of keeping buyers waiting longer than they expected for their cars, leading to some angry customers around the world, if the posts on the MyNissanLeaf forums are anything to go by.
United Kingdom buyers who have already put down a deposit for their car will be charged the pre-increase price, reports All Cars Electric.
Life & Style blogs
International Kissing Day: Why it feels good
World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
Google has set its terrifying, dreaming image robots on the public
The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Nick Kyrgios calls former Olympian Dawn Fraser a 'blatant racist' after she tells Wimbledon star to 'go back where their parents came from'
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...
£16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...