Sticker price for the 2011 Nissan Leaf SL CW DEMO on display during EVening of EVs event in Normal IL Thursday January 26th 2012. There have been a few changes for the 2012 model. The 2012 Nissan Leaf SL will offer quick charge port & battery heater standard. A standard Nissan Leaf will include the battery heater only. For the 2011 Leaf these were both optional upgrades. Unfortunately I don’t think there is a program in place for 2011 owners to obtain these options. Those who paid for the upgrades haven’t been offered refunds or other compensation.
If money was no option I’d purchase a Tesla Model S. Our current financial situation would be pushing a Nissan Leaf purchase. We’d most likely choose a lease to maximize tax benefits and for other reasons. I’ve been going back and forth comparing options between a Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. With Nissan including 2 important features standard now. My choice has shifted back to the Leaf.
Nissan Leaf wins for top speed compared to the Focus Electric. Range for both cars is similar. With a 2012 Leaf SL charging times would be close enough to no longer tip the scale towards Ford Focus EV. The Focus wins for having an active liquid cooling and heating thermal management system for their battery pack. This was the one major element that had me leaning towards a Focus purchase. Comparing base model pricing – Nissan Leaf gets the win there. The Focus Electric wins for environmentally conscience interior. Ford has really taken some serious steps in using friendlier materials inside their vehicles.
“Focus Electric, eco-conscious comes standard. The cloth seat fabric is made with REPREVE® fiber, produced from 100% recycled materials, and the cushions are made of bio-based foam derived from plant seed oils.”
Nissan LEAF just gives you this.
“partially recycled light gray cloth seat fabric”
You can get a full view inside and out of this 2011 Nissan Leaf SL CW DEMO in the videos linked below.
Interesting to compare miles per charge, yearly cost, charging time and top speed between Illuminati Motor Works Seven & the Nissan Leaf. Grant Seven cost about 3 times as much to produce. But looking at stats – Seven provides more miles, has lower annual electric cost and recharges faster. Yes I’m aware there are many variables and Nissan spent a good amount of money developing their vehicle.