Is Nissan LEAF Simply a Modified Versa?
The story in question reasoned that the Nissan LEAF is simply a modified Versa because Versa is the cheapest new car on the market, at just above $12,000 and the LEAF is nearly three times the cost of that. Marc Fontana from SF Area Nissan LEAF Owners group completely disagrees and says we should not be mislead by the similar design of Nissan LEAF and Nissan Versa. Here is Marc's comment from the same group.
I completely disagree. The LEAF is NOT a modified Versa. It was designed as an EV. The fact that it looks a bit like a Versa is misleading the uninformed into thinking so. We'd all like EVs to be more affordable, but to compare the LEAF to a battery powered Versa is not giving the LEAF designers much credit. If all you see when you look at a LEAF is a pricey version of a VERSA then you totally discount the research, engineering and frankly pretty amazing technology that goes into moving a 3500 lb vehicle with batteries.
For me, it is worth the premium price to own a zero emission vehicle.
Anyone who wants an inexpensive EV just because they want a cheaper fuel and could care less about the harm done by petroleum, frankly doesn't deserve to own or lease an EV.