Nissan's sportily styled Leaf Black Edition builds upon the existing Acenta trim; on sale March 2017
8 November 2016

The Nissan Leaf Black Edition has been unveiled with a limited run going on sale in March 2017.

The first 1000 customers to buy the electric supermini will receive a free in-vehicle wi-fi hotspot, providing wi-fi to up to eight devices at any one time.

Based on the mid-range Acenta trim, the Leaf Black Edition adds 16in black alloy wheels, black door mirror caps and rear spoilers, as well as LED headlights, privacy glass and special edition floor mats with blue stitching.

Other additions include NissanConnect – the Leaf’s smartphone app – and a 360deg parking camera as standard. The Black Edition will be available only with the 30kW battery.

This limited edition Leaf follows in the footsteps of the Nissan Note Black Edition, released earlier this year. 

No pricing has been announced yet, but expect the Leaf Black Edition to cost around £3500 more than the Acenta model, which is roughly the premium the Note Black Edition carries over standard Notes.

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8 November 2016
It's not exactly a looker...

8 November 2016
The normal Leaf is one of the worst cars for depreciation - making a complete mockery of the nominal savings in fuel costs for the typical owner - just imagine what this money pit will lose.

Still gives something for the journalists to rave over (given they wont own one)

9 November 2016
sierra wrote:

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Still gives something for the journalists to rave over (given they wont own one)

James May owns an i3. But as there's so few motoring journalists most cars on sale today won't be own by a motoring journalist.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

8 November 2016
Indeed these depreciate a lot, but second hand they are absolute bargains. Bought our Leaf with 1600 miles otc and 1 yr old - fantastic equipment (air con, panoramic cameras, Bose stereo you can enjoy listening to given how silent the car is). For around town use perfect - best car we've ever owned and 5000 miles has cost us £140 in fuel.

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9 November 2016
The electricity cost is incidental. To get a better idea of true running costs, the electric cost needs to be added to the battery lease costs (or depreciation cost on the battery if it's owned outright)divided by miles travelled. My guess is that this will be similar to the running costs of a conventional car. It would be interesting to know how well a half price year old Leaf holds its value thereafter. Will it continue to depreciate heavily as better EVs emerge, or will its value stabilise?

9 November 2016
LP in Brighton wrote:

The electricity cost is incidental. To get a better idea of true running costs, the electric cost needs to be added to the battery lease costs (or depreciation cost on the battery if it's owned outright)divided by miles travelled.

So to use your formula when comparing an EV car with a 'owned outright battery' (i.e. the majority) to an ICE car you should add the cost of the depreciation of the engine to the cost of fuel. To Recap there's fuel costs and full running costs which you don't till you sell it.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

9 November 2016
Fair point. I suppose that it's better to say that EVs have low fuel costs allied with relatively normal overall running costs. But it's difficult to compare costs when electric cars are still heavily subsidised and the "fuel" subject to a low rate of tax!

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