The Nissan Leaf it’s the first ass-market electric car that was sold in the US market. It is a 5-door hatchback powered by a higher-capacity battery that provides it more range on each charge. It debuted as the 2011 model year, and not alone in the market anymore with rivals as the Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Volt. Adding a larger 30-kwh battery pack in 2016, created a higher trim based on power. It gave the Leaf a class-leading range of 107 miles. The base Leaf S model continues with the original 24-kwh pack with a range of 84 miles, at a lower price. The larger battery means that the Leaf offers more electric range than any other plug-in car except those from Tesla, but they are considerably more expensive. The two initial models, the 2011 and 2012, were built in Japan with prices suffering from the expensive Japanese yen as a result. Then, Nissan moved the production of the Leaf to North America in Tennessee. It made several important changes, but the most important one is that the price was cut considerably. The company added a new base-level Leaf S model by adding a new battery and making that new battery the higher trim while the original model car became the entry level vehicle. Other dozens of smaller changes to features and equipment were also made as response to feedback from vocal and enthusiastic early owners. The Nissan Leaf is now offered in 3 trims: Leaf S, Leaf SV and Leaf SL. The SL has a starting price under $30K so for California residents the price can drop to below $20 after a state rebate and federal income-tax credit as incentive. Another interesting incentive is that you are allowed to travel in the carpool lane on the crowded freeways of California with just a single occupant. The Leaf’s two higher trims have the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the car while it’s still plugged in thus reducing battery energy use. This feature can be controlled over a website or smartphone app. The Interior is made from recycled plastic bottles and home appliances but a black interior and leather seats are also available. The Leaf continues to be more expensive to buy than a comparably sized gas-powered hatch but its financial advantage lies in cost to operate, which is significantly lower than burning fuel. Even with fluctuation of electricity prices from region to region, the Leaf remains a winner; the national average price per kilowatt-hour is around 12 cents, which translates into an average 3 cents per mile. That's compared to 16 cents per mile in a gas-powered car running at 25 mpg on $4/gallon fuel.