LEAF: The First Generation – now £99 a month!

Back in December 2010, Nissan launched the first mass-produced electric car, the Nissan LEAF.

Built in their factory in Oppama, Japan, the LEAF was designed to be economical and ecological from the outset. The headlights were designed to split the air and direct it away from the door mirrors, reducing drag and wind noise. The bonnet, doors, and boot panel were all made from Aluminium to reduce weight. The underside of the vehicle floor is covered with panels which improve aerodynamics. Seat fabric is derived from sugar cane, so as to limit the use of petrochemicals in the interior trim. The dashboard is made from recycled plastic bottles. You get the idea, by now, that the LEAF was trying to do things better.

At launch, the LEAF was available in just one trim level, which included LED headlamps, 16″ alloy wheels, 7″ touchscreen satellite navigation, bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming, cruise control, speed limiter and climate control.

The only options which buyers had was 5 exterior paint colours, and also the Solar Panel Spoiler (which helps to keep the normal 12V battery charged up).

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The motor is rated as 80kW peak power, delivering 280Nm of torque (about the same as a 3 litre V6), ensuring swift acceleration and smooth power delivery.

The 1st generation LEAF came with a 24kWh battery, which was rated at 106 miles of range (according to NEDC testing), and both a 3.6kW AC charger and a 50kW DC rapid charge port. Using a household 3-pin plug socket, the LEAF would take around 12 hours to charge, but if using a 16A dedicated chargepoint, this would be cut to 8 hours. The battery is warranted for 5 years, up to 60,000 miles, although Nissan has stated that it expects batteries to last over 10 years, dependant on usage.

In many ways, the early 2010-2013 LEAF represents an excellent car for many families, especially as a second car with limited mileage duties, or as a commuter car. The true range will be around 80 miles in summer, and in the depths of winter, probably around 50 miles (the 1st Generation cars had a less efficient heater than later models). But since the average mileage of cars in the UK is just 8,000 miles a year (22 miles a day!),  even at it’s worst you could still get a couple of days commute out of a single charge, costing just £2

Chorley Group have just secured a number of low-mileage 2012 and 2013 LEAF at a very competitive price. We’re now passing on these savings to our customers, with some amazing finance deals available:


eg. 13 Plate LEAF 24kW, Metallic Sky Blue, 21k miles, Price: £7,375.00

3 Year PCP (8k miles per annum): 3.9% APR, £1,000 deposit contribution, free home charger, two years free servicing.

  • Deposit Contribution: £1,000.00
  • Customer Deposit: £212.30
  • Monthly Payment: £99 x36
  • Guaranteed Final Value: £3,150.00

or 3 Year 0% APR Hire Purchase, £1,000 deposit contribution, free home charger, two years free servicing.

  • Deposit Contribution: £1,000.00
  • Customer Deposit: £2,811.00
  • Monthly Payment: £99 x36

These cars are on the way to our branches, so to secure yours , just call or email your local Chorley Nissan dealership today.



One thought on “LEAF: The First Generation – now £99 a month!

  1. David Roberts says:

    Do you have specific details of the available cars and a price for extra miles. Might be interested if we can get an early termination of our current renault zoe pcp.

    Thank you.


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