The cost of buying a 100 per cent electric Nissan Leaf has fallen by over €1,800 as a result of the recent government budget.
The recent changes to the VRT and VAT rates have led to attractive tax savings across the Nissan Leaf range. These tax savings start at €506 for the Nissan Leaf SV 40 kWh which now costs €29,384 or €440.76 per month, while the top of the range Nissan Leaf SVE 62 kWh has fallen by €1,843 to €38,657 or €579.85 per month.
In addition, the introduction of the new entry grade Nissan Leaf XE 40 kWh means that motorists can now make the switch into an electric vehicle for €27,595.
James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland told us: “The budget VRT changes and recent VAT changes have had a very positive impact on the cost of buying a new Nissan Leaf and this in turn has led to a significant upsurge in interest from EV buyers online and across our dealer network.
“This upsurge is also being driven by our ‘Power of Zero’ initiative with AIB and Electric Ireland which offers zero per cent finance, the free provision and installation of a home charger and one year’s free servicing to anyone buying a new Nissan Leaf.”
The new tax savings have also led to a sizeable reduction between the cost of buying the 40 kWh Leaf, which claims a range of up to 270km and the 62 kWh Leaf which Nissan says has a range of up to 385km zero emissions driving.
Meanwhile, the price of the Nissan Leaf SVE 40 kWh has fallen by €999 to €32,801, and the longer range Leaf SV Premium 62 kWh now costs €36,332, having benefited from a tax saving of €1,508.
Nissan tells us it expects this trend to continue.