Nissan North America said today it will add $2,420 to the base model of its hard-to-get, slow-to-build electric Leaf sedan.
Compared to 2011 model year's $33,630 base price, including delivery, the 2012 model will begin at $36,050. The car's upper-grade SL model will sell for $38,100, an increase of $3,530 over 2011.
A federal tax credit continues to take $7,500 off of the sale price. Some states, such as California, Georgia and Illinois, offer additional subsidies on the zero-emission car.
Brian Carolin, Nissan North America Inc. senior vice president of sales, said in a statement that the 2012 model will contain two new standard features.
One is a cold-weather package that includes heated seats and steering wheel and a battery warmer. The other, available on the car's more expensive SL model, is a standard quick-charge port that allows the vehicle to be recharged up to 80 percent of capacity in under 30 minutes.