Leaf, grown: Nissan’s electric e-NV200 Combi driven

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As with the Leaf, Nissan also offers the e-NV200 with the option to lease rather than buy the battery. For the van, battery leasing starts at £61+VAT per month for a three-year contract capped at 6,000 miles per annum, rising to £106+VAT per month for a 12-month contract and up to 15,000 miles. Choosing the leasing option drops the purchase price of the e-NV200 van by £3,169+VAT, giving an entry point of £13,393+VAT. Note that there’s no option to buy out the lease later on – a leased-battery vehicle stays that way for life.

Private punters opting to buy-plus-lease the e-NV200 Combi will need to pay between £73.20 and £127.20 per month, including VAT, according to the contract length and annual mileage.

Running costs ought to be low, with electrical top-ups much cheaper than tankfuls of diesel, plus the e-NV200 has a lot fewer moving parts to go wrong. And with battery leasing to spread the cost and keep the entry point low, Nissan will be hoping to attract those who might otherwise go shopping among keenly priced used vans instead.

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