The Nissan LEAF, one of the most visible electric cars currently on the U.S. auto market, is set to become a whole lot more affordable for consumers.
According to a press release from the automaker, a low-cost version of the LEAF is expected to hit markets this year in what is being called an "entry-level" design, which will be known as the S Trim series. The precise cut will be approximately $6,000, equal to a roughly 18 percent reduction. Additionally, depending on the state, prospective buyers can take advantage of electric car tax incentives that would lower this price even further to about $18,500.
Among the improvements included in the 2013 edition are reduced power consumption and batteries capable of charging both more efficiently and quickly.
This measure, reports green news source Treehugger, would make the new LEAF the most affordable 5-seater electric car available in the United States. Officials from Nissan stated that the purpose of the cuts was to enable a wider selection of drivers to have access to the rechargeable automobile.
"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," Billy Hayes, a vice president for Nissan, was quoted as saying in a press statement. "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."
If you've been thinking about buying an electric car, this development is sure to be good news for both you and your bank account. Hopefully this will start a trend of more affordable green vehicles, which can help save families money and reduce our impact on the environment.