Nissan Building Smaller, Cheaper LEAF For India −

Nissan Building Smaller, Cheaper LEAF For India

  • Published on March 22nd, 2014 by

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The Nissan LEAF is the world’s top-selling electric car. The words behind the acronym fit it — Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car. Many of us are waiting eagerly for another version of the LEAF, with a lot of expectation that Nissan will come out with a version with a larger battery and more range. We’re yet to hear of any such LEAF. However, it seems that Nissan is working on a version for the Indian market that will be smaller and about 50% of the price.

“Nissan is planning to launch an entry-level electric vehicle for the Indian market. This development was announced during the launch of the Nissan Leaf, in Bhutan, in collaboration with local firm Thunder Motors,” CarWale notes.

“The company has begun a feasibility study in India and till now the response has been positive for this vehicle. The Leaf enjoys 95 per cent satisfaction level among users in markets where it is sold and can be a very good competition to the homemade Mahindra e2o which is priced at Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).  Nissan is co-developing a new electric vehicle with Thunder Motors that will also be sold in Bhutan. The Leaf is priced at around Rs 18 lakh in Bhutan, and the new upcoming EV is expected to be cheaper by almost 50 per cent.”

At the event, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said, “We see a huge opportunity in India.”

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