2017 Nissan Leaf price hiked to $30,680 image

The 2017 model year of the best selling electric car in the world has surged $1, 670 when discussing the comparable entry-level versions, though the blow is sweetened by the fact that you now have a bigger battery pack.

The 2016 model year Leaf was a bit odd – the larger was reserved for the middle SV and top SL trims while the base S continued to use the 24-kWh one at a starting price of $29,010 MSRP. The 2017 model year has killed off the smaller battery – with the downside being the fact that a 2017 Leaf S now costs $30,680 MSRP. The additional charge will help you go from the predecessor’s 84 miles (135 kilometers) to an EPA-certified 107 miles (172 km). The 30-kWh battery is not occupying more space, as the engineers have reworked the cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells.

Nissan also lets users know the battery can be fast-charged to 80 percent from low battery warning in just 30 minutes – and a full charge from the 6.6 kW onboard charger is taking six hours. Standard specs on the S include RearView Monitor and handsfree Bluetooth, while the SV and SL trims can optionally get the AroundView Monitor for a 360-degree view of the car when selecting the Premium Package which also has the seven-speaker Bose sound system. The SV will cost $34,200 and the SL $36,790 and get perks like a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice recognition support, along with the NissanConnect EV system.