Nissan has launched a comprehensive scrappage-style incentive it’s calling the Nissan Switch Scheme, which guarantees owners of cars built before 2010 up to £5,000 on top of the car’s trade-in value if they agree for it to be exchange.
The firm is going one extra, though: those who choose an approved-used Nissan Leaf electric car will get up to £2,000 plus trade-in value AND a special three-year, 3.9 percent APR PCP scheme to help further spread the payments.
On a £10,495 2014 Leaf Acenta, this would see the owner of an old car worth £2,500 pay just £87 a month to switch into a fully electric car. Nissan even includes a free home charging unit in the scheme, something worth £279.
Londoners should be particularly keen on it: because electric cars are exempt from the Congestion Charge, those who drive in the capital five days a week could save £2,500 annually just by signing up for the deal.
“Nissan’s campaign isn’t just about new cars,” said Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd MD Alex Smith. “We’re including our latest efficient conventionally-powered models, but uniquely we’re delivering an attractive trade-in offer on our stock of approved-used all-electric LEAFs.”
“Since 2010, Nissan has pioneered and led the charge for widespread electric vehicle adoption. As we get ready to unveil the all-new Nissan Leaf… we’re launching a new campaign to encourage drivers of older vehicles to make the switch to cleaner electric power.”
The Leaf is Britain’s best-selling EV: a whopping 1 in 2 of all EVs currently running on British roads is a Nissan Leaf.
Buyers don’t have long, though: unlike other scrappage scheme offers, Nissan’s scheme only runs until the end of September. All non-Euro 5 cars built before the end of 2009 are eligible.
Fear not if an electric car isn’t for you, though: Nissan has plenty more scrappage deals up its sleeve – and here, we list them in full. Deep breath…
|Model||Nissan Switch Scheme Support||Total saving (including existing offers)
|Used LEAF 24kWh||£0||£1,000||£1,000||£1,000||£2,000|