While there has yet to be an official price set on the battery-powered Nissan LEAF, it’s now known that Nissan is asking those who are seriously considering purchasing the revolutionary vehicle for a fully refundable $100 reservation fee. With interest in what Nissan is calling the ‘world’s first all-electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market’ rising by the day, Nissan apparently wants to get a clearer picture of just how many of the battery-powered vehicles will need to be ready once the LEAF rollout begins this December. The reservation process will begin in April, shortly after the price tag is announced for the LEAF.
One factor sure to affect the pending price announcement of the Nissan LEAF is the auto-manufacturer’s recent decision to include both the battery pack and vehicle under one deal. Nissan has previously said it was considering offering the battery under a separate lease contract, however the automaker now says the vehicle “will be available to consumers via lease or sale, in a single transaction that includes the battery.” While this will likely have a significant impact on the dollar amount that Nissan will want for the LEAF , Nissan cites a smooth transaction for buyers as a determining factor in this decision.
“The Nissan LEAF purchase process is effortless, transparent and accessible, offering value with a one-stop-shop approach for everything related to the car, including the assessment, permitting and installation of in-home battery charging units,” said Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas. “We want everyone to feel good about having a car that is affordable, fun to drive and good for the environment.”
Nissan will begin taking firm orders in August, for deliveries when sales begin in the driver’s particular market.