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2018 Nissan Leaf: Price Could Stun Rivals

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It’s no secret that Renault is looking to launch an $8,000 electric vehicle in China and it’s also planning to join venture with Nissan in sharing the same electric car platform for the soon-to-arrive Leaf/Zoe.

However, that isn’t everything. Apparently Mitsubishi is also keen on this platform sharing concept and it is expected to be gaining its very own electric vehicle derived from this new platform.

Nissan would definitely be benefiting from this platform sharing as it would be able to decrease its pricing for the upcoming Leaf to an approximate 2 million yen ($17,000) which is 20 percent less than its existing base pricing.

Over at the US, the figure translates to about $24,500 or $17,000, after federal credit is applied. This would make it way lower than the existing $30,680 MSRP for the base 30kWh Leaf, in spite of the speculation that the future Leaf will be equipped with a high base capacity battery for that amount.

“That would make an electric Nissan as cheap as the company’s gasoline counterparts, something Nissan hopes will set it apart from rival auto groups.. The LEAF currently starts at about 2.8 million yen, higher than similar classes of gasoline-powered cars,” revealed Japanese news outlet Nikkei.

Word on the street is that beginning 2018, Renault-Nissan along with Mitsubishi will be collaborating to produce a common electric car platform that will be utilized for all upcoming electric vehicles.

There is no doubt that platform sharing would help in reducing the prices of vehicles, however, it could result in vehicles being compromised. Well, would it be such a good idea then?