Nissan Leaf Japanese Launch Date Revealed

Nissan announced today that its Leaf electric vehicle will be released on the Japanese market on December 20, followed by the US and European market releases in 2011. The Leaf will go on sale in other global markets in 2012.

Pricing for the Leaf will start at JPY3,764,250 (US$45,000) including consumption tax, with domestic customers eligible for up to JPY780,000 through government EV incentives for fiscal year 2010. The Leaf will also be eligible for preferential tax breaks under the Japanese 'tax system to promote the diffusion of environmentally friendly vehicles'. That means that buyers of the new Leaf will be exempted from the automobile acquisition tax and automobile weight tax until fiscal year 2011. Tax exemptions or reductions don't end here, as the Leaf qualifies for the Automobile Green Tax Scheme, reducing automobile tax by 50% for one year starting from the next fiscal year after registration.

Nissan also offers its zero-emission support program for individual customers, costing JPY1,500 per month, that includes EV-IT communication charge, maintenance support, charging at Nissan dealers, discounts for Nissan Rentacar and emergency support. Fleet maintenance service will also be available to corporate customers.

Nissan dealers across Japan will also provide one-stop service, from vehicle purchase to arranging for the preparation of a charging environment for detached houses. 200-volt chargers are available at about 2,200 Nissan dealers and about 200 of these dealers are equipped with quick chargers that can charge the battery up to 80% of its capacity in about 30 minutes. At least one quick charge unit is available within a 40 km (25 miles) radius throughout the country.
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