The 2012 model year Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle is to be launched to U.S. consumers, the company’s North American arm announced today. The upgraded variant for the 2012 Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle has additional standard equipment which included quick charging and cold-weather features, will now be available for order in the Southeastern United States and Illinois.
The Japanese automaker will open up the ordering process for 2012 Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle to consumers with existing reservations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C, on July 25.
After the prioritized ordering phase for existing reservations in those markets, Nissan will open new reservations and orders to the general public on August 4, both in these new markets, as well as places where the 2012 Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle already has been on sale (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington). Expected delivery of the first 2012 Nissan LEAFs will begin in the fall.
Nissan will expand into additional new markets for the 2012 Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle as the year continues. In the fall, orders from existing reservations and new reservations will begin in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. By the end of the year, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will be added as markets where the 2012 Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle will be available for order.
• DC Fast Charge capability standard on Nissan LEAF SL: The vast majority of MY11 consumers have opted for the DC fast charge port, which allows the vehicle to be charged at 480V – reducing charging time to under 30 minutes for charging the vehicle to 80 percent from a fully depleted state. As DC fast charge stations proliferate across the country, Nissan expects this feature to become even more popular. For 2012, fast-charging capability will be standard on the SL trim level.
• Cold weather features standard on Nissan LEAF: As the Nissan LEAF rolls out to U.S. markets with colder climates, cold weather features become standard equipment on all trim levels of the Nissan LEAF. These include a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated seats in both the front and rear.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the 2012 Nissan LEAF hatchback electric vehicle is $35,200 for the SV trim level, and $37,250 for the SL trim level. The monthly lease price will begin at a highly competitive $369.