Things are heating up within the electric-car segment. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was first, but the Tesla Model 3 will soon enter mass production and the 2018 Nissan Leaf will arrive to take on Chevrolet’s mass-market electric car.
And if it’s war, Nissan is ready for battle. Leaked information reported by Autoblog, via Autobytel, shows the 2018 Nissan Leaf will undercut the 2017 Bolt EV by thousands of dollars when it goes sale. To be clear, this is not official information, and we do advise caution with the pricing figures. A speculative tone is present here.
However, as the report stands, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will start at $29,990, which is significantly less expensive than a 2017 Bolt EV. The Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before tax credits. However, this base price reflects a less-powerful battery pack compared to the Bolt EV.
According to the leaks, the base Leaf will use a 40 kWh battery pack to power its electric motor. Range hasn’t been specified, but it’s been rumored Nissan will offer two range options for the next-generation Leaf. The $29,990 Leaf would likely fall short of the Bolt EV’s EPA-estimated 238-mile range, but a pricier version may match or surpass the Bolt EV’s range.
Like we said, we’re going to take this information with a grain of salt. Actually, a couple grains. Automakers tend to reveal a product first and finalize pricing later. Official prices ahead of the car’s actual reveal is cause for skepticism. Speaking of a reveal, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will show its face to the world on September 5, 2017.