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Nissan Leaf Customers Get Battery Leasing Option In Europe

In America, if you want a new electric car, you go to a dealer and buy one. You might have to wait a bit of course, but generally your money gets you access to both the car and its batteries.

In Europe, things are a little different. If you’re Renault, you sell people a car and offer its batteries only on a lease. It alleviates the stress of potential catastrophic battery failure, they say (though they don’t use exactly that turn of phrase).

Nissan is now taking the same route, with its freshly-launched 2013 Leaf.

In essence, the Leaf you buy in Europe is very similar to the Leaf you’ll buy in the U.S. It even now has its own factory–just as Nissan now builds American Leafs in Tennessee, Nissan Europe now builds them in Sunderland, England.

There are three trim lines, more imaginatively-named than those in the U.S, but the concept is the same–a cheaper option (Visia), a mid-grade car (Acenta), and a fully-loaded Leaf (Tekna).


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