EPA Vary, Costs And Competitiveness With out Tax Credit score

The Nissan Leaf was one of many first fashionable all-electric vehicles out there in america (since 2010) and at this time we are going to check out the 2023 mannequin 12 months version.

The corporate introduced a simplified lineup for the 2023 mannequin 12 months with two major variations – S, outfitted with a 40-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery, and SV Plus with a 60-kWh battery (which replaces the 62-kWh model).

As we all know, since mid-2022, the MSRP costs of the 2 variations begin at respectively $27,800 and $35,800 (plus $1,095 vacation spot and dealing with).

Based on the EPA, the Nissan Leaf S (40 kWh) gives a Mixed vary of 149 miles (240 km), which is similar as within the case of the 2022 mannequin 12 months model. There are not any adjustments to the powertrain, together with the 110-kilowatt (kW) electrical motor on the entrance.

The brand new SV Plus (60 kWh) model has an EPA Mixed vary of 212 miles (341 km), which is lower than the retired 62-kWh battery model (215 miles in SV/SL trim or 226 miles in S trim). The SV Plus model has a 160-kW electrical motor.

2023 Nissan Leaf EPA Mixed vary:

  • S (40 kWh): 149 miles (240 km)
  • SV Plus (60 kWh): 212 miles (341 km)
    [63 miles or 42% more]

Power consumption, together with charging losses, is estimated at 109-111 MPGe or 304-309 Wh/mi (189-192 Wh/km) for the 2.

2023 Nissan Leaf S (40 kWh) 16-inch :: EPA Vary score by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 2-cycle label]
149 miles (240 km)
EPA Power consumption (together with charging losses):
111 MPGe: 304 Wh/mi (189 Wh/km)
123 MPGe: 274 Wh/mi (170 Wh/km)
99 MPGe: 340 Wh/mi (212 Wh/km)
2023 Nissan Leaf e+ SV Plus (60 kWh) 17-inch :: EPA Vary score by InsideEVs
[Electric Vehicle 2-cycle label]
212 miles (341 km)
EPA Power consumption (together with charging losses):
109 MPGe: 309 Wh/mi (192 Wh/km)
121 MPGe: 279 Wh/mi (173 Wh/km)
98 MPGe: 344 Wh/mi (214 Wh/km)

Each Nissan Leafs are outfitted with a 6.6 kW onboard charger. When it comes to DC quick charging, there’s nonetheless the CHAdeMO inlet (as a substitute of the extra well-liked CCS Combo 1). Apparently, the S model is restricted to 50 kW, whereas the system within the SV Plus model theoretically gives as much as 100 kW charging (we guess that the real-world energy output is decrease).

The principle query is whether or not the brand new Nissan Leaf continues to be aggressive within the US. The sales quantity of two,354 models (down 46 % year-over-year) in Q1 2023 doesn’t point out any success up to now.

The entry-level model begins at $29,135 ($28,040 + $1,095 DST), whereas the SV Plus is $8,000 costlier.

The principle situation for the Nissan Leaf now could be that it is now not eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit score. It was when the Inflation Discount Act of 2022 (IRA) got here into energy in mid-2022 as a result of the automobile is regionally produced (since 2013). Nonetheless, after the steering on the important minerals and battery element necessities was launched on April 18, it turned out that regardless of the native manufacturing of batteries, the Leaf isn’t eligible for the inducement.

Solely fashions which might be regionally produced and meet two new necessities will obtain the complete credit score:

  • 40% of the worth of important minerals have to be mined or processed in america (or FTA nations), or recycled in North America
  • 50% of the worth of battery parts should be manufactured or assembled in North America

As we perceive, Nissan was unable to satisfy the required stage of native manufacturing. There’s a likelihood that it’ll change sooner or later if the producer applies adjustments to its provide chain.

Mannequin Base Value Dest. Cost Tax Credit score Efficient Value
2023 Nissan Leaf S (40 kWh) 16-inch $28,040 +$1,095 N/A $29,135
2023 Nissan Leaf e+ SV Plus (60 kWh) 17-inch $36,040 +$1,095 N/A $37,135

One other mannequin that has misplaced entry to the federal tax credit score in the same method is the Genesis Electrified GV70, which was eligible just for just a few weeks when manufacturing began in early 2023.

Anyway, so long as there isn’t any $7,500 federal tax credit score, the Nissan Leaf shall be in a really difficult place, in comparison with a few of the different BEVs. The entry-level model is likely to be just too costly in comparison with the vehicles with the incentives. On the opposite finish, the SV Plus worth is barely marginally decrease than the efficient worth of the Tesla Mannequin 3 RWD ($37,880, after deducting compulsory prices and a $3,750 tax credit score), which has 272 miles of EPA Mixed vary.

If we embrace additionally some frustration with the outgoing CHAdeMO charging commonplace within the US, we aren’t too optimistic in regards to the Leaf.

Mannequin Drive Battery
2023 Nissan Leaf S (40 kWh) 16-inch FWD 40 149 mi
(240 km)
2023 Nissan Leaf e+ SV Plus (60 kWh) 17-inch FWD 60 212 mi
(341 km)


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