Nissan has announced that U.S. pricing for the new 2013 Nissan LEAF will start at an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added S grade. Depending on location, the vehicle may be available for purchase as low as $18,800 with qualifying federal and state tax credits, according to the automaker.

Eligible customers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit, and some states and municipalities offer additional incentives. For example, California residents can get a 2013 Nissan LEAF for as low as $18,800 after the federal tax credit and state rebate of $2,500.

Nissan recently began U.S. assembly of the 2013 Nissan LEAF at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., a localization initiative that further drives efficiencies by leveraging already-existing equipment and processes while also reducing exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency. The battery packs that power LEAF are built in an adjacent facility in Smyrna while the vehicle's electric motor comes from Nissan's powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., further supporting efficient manufacturing.

The 2013 Nissan LEAF is offered in three models: LEAF S, LEAF SV, and LEAF SL. Additions to the 2013 LEAF include: 17-inch alloy wheels and leather appointed interior on SL models, available Around View Monitor and 7-speaker Bose energy efficient audio system and a 6.6 kW onboard charger that can help reduce 220V charging times and is standard on SV and SL models.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan LEAF:

Model     MSRP*

LEAF S     $28,800 USD

LEAF SV   $31,820 USD

LEAF SL   $34,840 USD

Incremental aerodynamic and energy management improvements are expected to give the 2013 LEAF improved range over previous model years. Final range estimates for the 2013 Nissan LEAF are awaiting EPA test cycle verification.

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