For the Nissan LEAF, the second year of sales in the US will bring a higher sticker price, more standard features and greater availability.
It's a sign that as the LEAF broadens out its base, and as demand remains strong, the Japanese automaker can and will charge more the electric car.
I can already hear people grousing that the car should be getting less expensive, not more expensive. That complaint aside, the higher sticker price for the LEAF is a welcome sign about the health of the electric car market.
First, the new price. For the '12 LEAF, the SV model will start at $35,200 (up $2,420 from '11 model) and the SL model will start at $37,250 (up $3,530 compared to last year). Hefty increases for sure, but not outrageous. Keep in mind, the LEAF still has limited competition in the electric car market its biggest rival, the Chevy Volt, already comes with a higher price point.
This is why I doubt the price increase will hurt LEAF sales.