Nissan Prices 2017 Leaf, with Standard 30 kWh battery

The 2017 Nissan Leaf EV will sell for a starting MSRP of $33,998 in S trim, including a larger 30 kWh battery pack that was previously only used in pricier uplevel trims.

SV models ring in at $37,398, and the top-trim SL goes for $40,548; as usual, a $1,990 destination and handling fee is extra on all models.

That base-model battery upgrade doesn't come for free: the 2017's starting price is up $1,300 over 2016; MSRPs for SV and SL models are carried over from last year, as are the Leaf's styling and standard feature lists.

We're still waiting for Nissan to spill on the details of the next-gen Leaf, which may get a 60 kWh battery and more than 300 km of driving range, if the IDS concept Nissan showed in the fall of 2015 is any indication.

That big battery gives the Leaf a theoretical estimated driving range of 172 km, and Nissan says it can be charged to 80 percent (from the appearance of the low battery warning) in 30 minutes using a commercial fast charger. Plugged in at home to a Level 2 240-volt charger, a full charge takes about six hours.

Nissan says the upgraded lithium-ion battery takes up no more space in the car thanks to improved cell structure and electrode material, which contribute to better energy density and reliability.

The 2017 Leaf also comes with an eight-year, 160,000 km warranty against material defects or workmanship, and Nissan includes similar coverage against the loss of battery capacity as shown on the car's charge indicator.

Battery upgrade puts base model on a level with posher trims 12/13/2016 12:16:25 PM