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Wednesday, 04 August 2021 21:02

2022 Nissan LEAF Becomes Most Affordable EV with Sub-$30K MSRP

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Nissan’s 2022 LEAF has established itself as the most affordable electric vehicle in the U.S. market with the rollout of the newest models.

The base LEAF S has an unbelievably low starting price of just $27,400 before incentives, with federal tax credits potentially bringing the cost of the vehicle down to the sub-$20,000 level. After federal incentives, all five of the 2022 models will be under $30,000.

 

The best bang for your buck for an electric vehicle will be the Nissan LEAF S, starting at $27,400, a drop of $4,245 from the 2021 edition of the all-electric hatchback.

 

Using a CHAdeMO fast-charging connector, the 149 miles of all-electric range is far from the highest available on the market but still reasonable for owners with a short commute or less demanding driving schedules.

 

As other manufacturers, like Tesla, Ford and Chevrolet, have all offered significantly more robust models in terms of range, technology, efficiency and performance, the LEAF is no longer the cream of the crop for EVs. However, it still offers significantly greater advantages than an ICE vehicle, like an opportunity to capture a $7,500 discount due to federal tax credits, the availability to charge at home and significantly less greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Equipping a 40 kWh battery pack, the LEAF S offers basic features like a 110 kW AC electric motor, automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay integration and a cozy interior.

 

If the low range rating isn’t something you’d be interested in dealing with, there are four other models to choose from: the SV ($28,800, $21,300 after incentives), S Plus ($32,400, $24,900 after incentives), SV Plus ($35,400, $27,900 after incentives) and SL Plus ($37,400, $29,900 after incentives.)

 

Each of the variants experienced price drops when compared to last year’s models.

 

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