2013 Nissan Leaf electric car

Last week, Nissan issued a press release announcing the improvements it had in store for its 2013 Leaf EV. Among those improvements were an additional, less expensive trim level, an extended range, and a better charging time. Though the Japanese company did not include pricing details simultaneously, many inferred that a price reduction would be in order because the Leaf and its battery are now being manufactured stateside in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Today, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Nissan announced pricing for the 2013 Leaf.  In doing so, they confirmed that there would indeed be a price reduction for the next model year.  The Japanese automaker is also claiming that the price reduction will make the 2013 Leaf the least expensive five-seater EV available to North American consumers.

According to yet another extremely long press release from Nissan, the 2013 Leaf will be available beginning at an MSRP of $6,400 less than the starting MSRP of the 2012 Leaf.  Further, all three trim levels of the 2013 Leaf will have MSRPs lower than the cheapest 2012 Leaf.  The 2012 Leaf currently has a starting price of $35,200 before any applicable federal or state tax credits, whereas the highest trim level of the 2013 Leaf—the SL—will have an MSRP of $34,840.  The mid-level trim—the SV—will be priced at $31,820, while the base trim—the S—will start at $28,800.

After the $7,500 federal tax credit Leaf owners qualify for, the price of the 2013 Leaf EV will fall to $21,300. Further, if you qualify for California’s state tax credit of $2,500—you’re looking at only $18,800 for a 2013 Leaf S.  Keep in mind, however, a destination fee of $850 dollars is not included in any of the above prices, nor are any tax, title, and license fees.  You can read the press release in its entirety here.