Falling on the heels of Tesla’s announcement that its entry-level, $35,000 ‘Standard Range’ Model 3 was finally available for order, Nissan dropped its pricing figures on its longest-range LEAF.
The Price Of Plus
Nissan’s LEAF S PLUS, which has been rated by the EPA to achieve 226 miles on a single charge starts at $36,550. It will go on sale at Nissan dealers later this month.
The LEAF PLUS differs from the 40-kilowatt-hour LEAF with both a denser 62-kWh battery pack and 214-hoursepower output. That’s why the PLUS is capable of an additional 76 miles of range per charge compared to its entry-level brother.
If customers wish to have an even more luxurious LEAF PLUS, Nissan also offers a LEAF SV PLUS and SL PLUS trims, priced at $38,510 and $42,550 respectively.
Facing Stiff Competition
So how does this PLUS stack up to the chief competitors, the Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt EV? The aforementioned entry-level Model 3, though cheaper than the PLUS, is only rated at 220 miles per charge.
The Bolt EV, however, which starts at $36,620, beats both the Nissan and Tesla with its EPA-estimated 238-mile range from its 60 kWh battery pack—albeit for a few more bucks than the PLUS.
A Matter Of Taste
Given the varying tax incentives and slight difference in range and power output, picking between these three affordable long-range EVs really comes down to taste.
The Bolt EV has slightly smaller cargo space than the LEAF but more than the Tesla. The Chevy is slightly more costly than the other two, but it can go further. The Tesla is likely perceived as a sexier, more desirable brand but it has lower reliability ratings.
Regardless of pricing and kWh output, its exciting to see three compelling, accessible EVs available across the country.