Australian electric vehicle drivers will be able to get their hands on the new model Nissan Leaf from August, the car maker has confirmed, when the long-awaited latest iteration of the world’s best selling EV will go on sale for just under $A50,000 (plus on road costs).
Nissan Australia said on Friday morning that Australian drivers could now register to per-order the Leaf 2.0, which has a 40kWh battery, improved power and torque, a driving range of up to 270km, and a “manufacturer suggested retail price” of $A49,990, plus on-road costs.
The new EV will be widely available – sold via 89 dealers nationwide, the car maker says. And buyers will be connected with Australian-owned outfit JET Charge, which partnered with Nissan last year to set up ‘at home’ charging solutions for Leaf owners.
The arrival of the new Leaf in Australia – just one month later than had been most recently promised by Nissan – will be welcomed by Australian EV enthusiasts and the broader industry, as Australia continues play catch-up on both electric vehicle uptake, and model availability.
Moderately-priced EVs are particularly thin on the ground in Australia, putting the low-carbon driving technology out of reach of the vast majority of drivers.
The Leaf, however, changes that – in the US it was last month named the lowest-cost EV to own over a five year period, taking home a coveted award from US car price guide site Kelley Blue Book.