Looking for an electric vehicle? Nissan is making a couple of moves to steer you toward a new Leaf.
The Japanese automaker is slashing the price of its electric sedan and adding new features on the 2022 version, according to a report from Autoweek. The move is said to be a reflection of the increasingly competitive EV market as more plug-in vehicles hit the road.
The new Leaf will come with a starting price tag of $27,400, down from nearly $31,700, Autoweek reports. It will also be equipped with a standard CHAdeMO quick-charging port, an upgrade usually not seen in entry-level electric vehicles.
“This should make the quality of life better for entry-level Leaf buyers as access to fast charging isn’t tied to a higher trim level’s price point,” Wesley Wren writes for Autoweek.
The entry-level model will continue to get nearly 150 miles per charge, according to Autoweek. Higher trim levels will come with additional bells and whistles, like ProPilot Assist and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
The price cut comes as major auto manufacturers are increasingly betting their futures on electric cars.
General Motors turned heads earlier this year when the company announced it will scrap gas-powered vehicles by 2035. Volvo followed quickly with a pledge to go all-electric by 2030.
Car Defects Put Occupant Safety at Risk
Meanwhile, Nissan has been forced to recall a wide variety of cars this year over defects that pose serious safety risks.
The company said in June that it was recalling more than 138,000 Sentra and other vehicles. A tie-rod defect could cause drivers to abruptly lose control of steering, increasing the risk of a crash, Nissan said at the time.
In April, Nissan called back a slew of Infiniti sport utility vehicles (some for the third time) over faulty airbags that put people at risk of injury in the event of an accident.
How a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
The good news for car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections.
The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires Nissan and other carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The companies are also forced to buy back - or, sometimes, replace - vehicles that they are unable or unwilling to fix.
If you are a car owner who has been stuck with a lemon or is locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.
Our firm has represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in L.A. and across the state. We help the people we represent fight back by holding manufacturers accountable.