Okay, truth be told, getting into a 2013 Nissan LEAF for less than $19K does happen to require residency in a state like California, which offers its own $2,500 tax break on top of the federal government’s $7,500 incentive, but the new LEAF will be the least-expensive five-seat EV in America even without that Golden State discount. Here’s the math:
The sticker price of the new 2013 Nissan LEAF S will be $28,800, representing a decrease of $6,000 as compared to the least expensive LEAF of 2012. The federal tax incentive then reduces the net cost to $21,300, while the California bonus brings the bottom line down to the already mentioned $18,800. Furthermore, even though the new LEAF entry model won’t have quite the roster of standard content offered on the up-level LEAF SV and LEAF SL, those two variants also are thousands less than their 2012 precursors.
Even better, thanks to a host of incremental adjustments for the new model year, Nissan is expecting the 2013 models to offer a noticeable improvement in their all-electric, zero-emissions driving range—details of which have not yet been released.
"With nearly 50,000 LEAFs on the road globally, we are the leaders in zero emissions vehicles and our class-leading product just got better," said Billy Hayes, Global vice president of LEAF sales for Nissan. "From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience. Now customers won't have to pay a premium for owning a green car that's really fun to drive, and that's exciting."