Is The Chevy Volt A Marathon Runner with Nissan Leaf?

2016 Nissan LEAF On Sale Now

NASHVILLE, Tennessee- The 2016 Nissan Leaf electric hatchback is on the way to Nissan dealerships with a starting price of $29,860, including an $850 destination charge. A normal charging system (level 2, 240V) will deliver a full battery in about six hours.

Nissan has also shuffled Leaf equipment, adding NissanConnect with Mobile Apps as standard, coupled with a 5.0-inch screen for the base Leaf S, while the two upper trim levels will receive NissanConnect with navigation and Mobile Apps coupled with a 7.0-inch screen and voice recognition.

However, they will come at a higher price with the Leaf SV priced at $34,200 and the Leaf SL priced at $36,790. This big change is a new, larger battery in the SV and SL trims.

The upgraded 30 kWh battery is the major update for the 2016 model year, arriving standard on the SV and SL trim levels, and will yield an estimated 107-mile range.

Three new color options are offered for 2016, including Forged Bronze, Coulis Red, and Deep Blue Pearl. The base 2016 Leaf S is equipped with the previous 24-kWh battery with an 84-mile range.

2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF

The Nissan Leaf is in a tight race with the Chevrolet Volt in the EV market, but the Volt seems to be unable to catch up with the Leaf in sales figures.

Nissan is launching its "No Charge to Charge" promotion for Nissan LEAF buyers in Salt Lake City, providing up to two years complimentary public charging with the qualifying purchase of the all-electric vehicle from LEAF-certified dealers in that market*. "Those benefits, combined with access to free public charging, significantly lower operating costs and zero spending on gas, make owning an all-electric vehicle a cost-effective and convenient choice".

Salt Lake City is the 21st market within Nissan's "No Charge to Charge" program. Nissan plans to expand the "No Charge to Charge" program to a total of 25 USA markets in the coming months.