Nissan has given the 2013 Nissan Leaf several updates for the 2013 model year, which includes some styling tweaks, a faster charger and more features. The best part is that the 2013 Leaf starts at $28,800, but the price drops to as low as $18,800 after the available federal tax credit and state rebates.

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For the 2013 model year Nissan is offering a new cheaper S grade trim level, which starts a $28,800 making the Leaf the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States. The available $7,500 federal and $2,500 state tax credits drop the final price to $18,800. Nissan will also continue its lease offer for the 2013 LEAF, allowing consumers to lease the electric vehicle for as low as $199 per month for 36 months.

“With nearly 50,000 LEAFs on the road globally, we are the leaders in zero emissions vehicles and our class-leading product just got better,” said Billy Hayes, Global vice president of LEAF sales for Nissan. “From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience. Now customers won’t have to pay a premium for owning a green car that’s really fun to drive, and that’s exciting.”

The 2013 Leaf is powered by a 80kW AC synchronous motor produced at Nissan’s Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee. The 2013 Leaf’s output is 107 horsepower, with 187 lb-ft. of torque. A new 6.6 kW onboard charger cuts charging times in half and the Leaf is now available with 17-inch alloy wheels and leather appointed interior on SL models, available Around View Monitor and 7-speaker Bose energy efficient audio system.

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