What price will you pay for an imported Nissan LEAF in Australia or NZ?
The reasonable price range of the Nissan LEAF means this EV has a solid following in many markets, retains value and are quickly snapped up when sold second hand.
Smart buyers have also tapped into the Japanese domestic market (JDM) imports to Australia; these are low-kilometre, good condition used LEAFs that can be picked up from around $18,000 from individual dealers or, increasingly, community bulk buy schemes.
The price of Nissan LEAFs can be seen for even less again perhaps as low as $12,000 but you should expect to see fairly degraded battery for that price.
As with most other EVs, the Nissan LEAFs normally comes with a portable EV charging cable but if it's an imported Nissan LEAF we suggest you check if it's compliant with Australian standards before use. Many Japanese imports are delivered with a 200v portable charger which is dangerous when used on voltages found in Australia and NZ.
You may also need a Type 2 to Type 1 electric car charging cable to enable charging of your LEAF EV in public.
Trim and equipment levels available for imported Nissan LEAFs
ZE0 Leafs have two trim levels:
The X (lower end) and G (higher end). Both have a charge timer (to set start and stop times for charging off peak) and climate timer (to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin while plugged in), Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, stability control, and 6 airbags. The G adds fog lights, auto headlights, reverse camera, and a solar panel spoiler to trickle charge the accessory battery (not the main traction battery).
AZE0 introduced a third lower end trim level S:
This made the X the mid-range. The main improvements of the AZE0 Leaf are improved battery chemistry (much slower degradation), 80 kg weight reduction with aluminium doors and bonnet (applicable only to Japanese models, UK models have steel doors/bonnet), more boot space, hill start assist, charge plug lock + light, insulated ceiling, dark trim option, and on X and G models: enhanced brake regeneration (B mode) and a more power-efficient heating system (heat pump instead of resistive).
All have the same 24 kWh battery (except 2016+ models that have a larger 30 kWh option), performance, and vital features such as the charge and climate timers. Note the absence of a parcel tray in all but the G trim before 2016. The parking brake in the ZE0 is electronic, while it is a classical foot-operated one in the AZE0 (less futuristic, but possible more reliable).
The number of airbags also varies by trim. For example a 2014 S may only have driver and passenger airbags, while a G may have curtain airbags. It is unclear exactly which trim levels and years have different airbag specifications.
You can easily tell the S trim by the large round manual climate control knobs instead of the digital climate controls of the X and G.
Nissan LEAF language conversion, Japanese to English
If you buy an imported LEAF from Japan, obviously, both the instrument binnacle (where you read speed and battery range ) and the head unit or radio will all be in Japanese.
Using proprietary software, the EVolution team can convert both the head unit and instrument binnacle to English for you.
There are differences in functionality that come across with conversion. Some head units are converted with full Australian maps and Apple car play and Android Auto. Simply get in touch to find out more.