Now that the Nissan LEAF has been on the market for a few years, the all-electric car model has begun to hit the second-hand market in meaningful numbers. As a result, the company has begun offering a new £175 a month offer for used Leafs in the UK.
To be more specific, Nissan has begun offering a 3-year personal contract purchase (PCP) plan for a used Nissan LEAF 24 kilowatt-hour (kWh) Acenta model — one based around a £175 customer deposit, £175 monthly payments (with 3.9% APR), and a £1,000 dealer deposit contribution.
Following the 3-year plan, customers will have the option of buying the 24 kWh LEAF outright or returning it.
Notably, the new PCP plan includes free rapid charging, EV Roadside Assistance, a free Home Charging Unit, and a minimum 12-month warranty. In addition, free-of-charge access to petrol or diesel vehicles will be provided for up to 14 days during the first 3 years of the deal.
According to Business Green, a spokesperson for the company noted that the 24 kWh battery packs in the Nissan LEAFs are backed by an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty. This warranty includes protection against battery pack capacity loss.
A bit more from that coverage: “The market for used EVs is now expected to expand rapidly as existing customers look for an upgrade. However, Nissan also stressed that renewal rates for its first wave of LEAF customers are among the highest the company has ever seen, as the vast majority of EV motorists report high levels of driving satisfaction and get used to low running and maintenance costs.”
With electric vehicles now beginning to hit the second-hand market in notable quantities, the wider adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), particularly amongst those of lower income brackets, is set to begin. While reporting on new cars is of course more interesting from an entertainment perspective, a great many people never buy new, but rather always buy used vehicles because of the high cost and quick depreciation of new vehicles.
While used 24 kWh Nissan LEAFs will probably sell pretty well if priced reasonably, a real uptake in used electric vehicles will probably have to wait until long-range, relatively affordable models like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt hit the second-hand market.
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