Nissan To Raise Prices On Its Electric Vehicle

Nissan says it is raising the price of the Leaf from $33,000 to about $35,000. The company says it's hiking prices because it's added new standard features like battery warmers and heated steering wheels.

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Electric cars are trickling onto the road. One reason there aren't more of them maybe that electric cars are expensive. So our last word in business today comes from Nissan, which is raising the price of the Leaf from $33,000 to about $35,000.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

The company says it's raising prices because it's added new standard features, like example battery warmers and heated steering wheels, as it prepares to sell the Leaf in colder American states.

Nissan has so far sold about 4,000 of its electric cars since they came out last year, which over the course of a year is just not very many cars.

KELLY: Eh, not so much. For some perspective, Toyota sold 4,000 of its hybrid Prius vehicles last month. And Ford sold nearly 50,000 F series trucks last month.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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