After significantly lowering the price of the 2013 Nissan LEAF—and significantly boosting its sales as a result—the company has found another new way to make it easier for folks to go electric: Beginning immediately, the LEAF will be part of the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicles program, with all the benefits that usually entails, plus a few extras.
For example, while all CPO Nissan LEAFs will carry any remaining coverage from their original eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, as well as for their five-year/60,000-mile battery-capacity coverage, the automaker will then extend the EV system and powertrain warranties to seven years/100,000 miles.
"As more Nissan LEAF vehicles enter the used car market, we know it's important for Nissan to provide the second owners the same confidence in the car that the original owner enjoyed,” said Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing for Nissan.
To help boost that confidence further, only Nissan LEAFs that have been driven fewer than 60,000 miles, have at least 75 percent battery capacity, and have been in service for fewer than five years will be eligible for the CPO program. And then, those vehicles will have to pass a 167-point inspection and present a clear CARFAX history as well. But perhaps the best news is that the automaker will continue to build the value proposition of the Nissan LEAF by offering CPO customers an introductory finance rate as low as 0.9 percent for 36 months.
Said Gottfried: “Adding LEAF to the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program is a natural next step to strengthen the position of LEAF as the world's No. 1 all-electric car for the mass market."