By on May 30, 2017


The Nissan Leaf, which burst onto the scene in late 2010 as one of the first mass-market electric vehicles, hasn’t changed much since its introduction. Until very recently, driving range sat well below the three-figure mark. And as its technological edge dulled, the Leaf gained a reputation as one of the fastest-depreciating vehicles on the market.

If you find yourself living in a certain jurisdiction, Nissan and a mid-level government has now made a purchase of a used Leaf far more attractive than it once was. Message to the U.S. and the rest of Canada: Quebec wants your old Leafs.

Starting late last week, Nissan began offering certified, pre-owned Leafs in Quebec with a $4,000 (CAD) government incentive on the hood — part of the provincial government’s Drive Electric program. Quebec wants its tally of EVs and plug-in hybrids to reach 100,000 vehicles by 2020.

“This marks the first time Canadians have the option of owning a previously owned fully-electric vehicle, while still benefitting from a provincial incentive,” the automaker said in a statement.

The sale and lease offer applies to 2013 and 2014 model year Leafs previously registered outside the province, including in the United States. For American models, Nissan will perform modifications to equip it for Canadian driving regulations and weather. Among the additions are daytime running lights, a larger washer fluid tank, metric gauge cluster, battery heater, heated front and rear seats, heated side mirrors, and a backup camera. A quick-charge port will allow owners to access Level 3 DC fast-charging outlets.

The requirement for prior non-Quebec registration draws from the province’s $8,000 subsidy for new EVs. As eager as it is to boost its green credentials, the government doesn’t want to incentivize the same car twice.

For its part, Nissan’s Canadian finance division will offer customers a 3.99-percent lease rate or a low-interest (1.99 percent) loan, while slapping the old Leafs with a limited three-year or 40,000-kilometer manufacturer warranty.

Government aside, Quebec remains an attractive locale for electric car proliferation. Mainly, this is due to its low electricity prices and high gasoline prices. Because half of its population lives in the Greater Montreal Area, the Leaf’s paltry 84-mile range might not be as large a red flag as in other areas. That’s assuming, of course, that the added kit doesn’t cancel out the financial incentive to buy one.

[Image: Nissan]

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16 Comments on “Canadian Province to Become Used Nissan Leaf Dumping Ground...”

  • avatar

    Why put walls around Utopia when we can just put everyone in short range EVs?

    But on a serious note has anyone given one of these the golf cart lift treatment? Tear the plastic bumpers off, do a 4 inch lift with some floaty tires and have a pretty awesome beach buggy with A/C.

    Need a Scout 80 look alike EV, that would spike some major interest.

  • avatar

    Quebec Eh ?…Well, I hope it works out for them. Folks can now get into a cheap, economical used car, for peanuts.

    I hope they plan on keeping them. Here in Ontario we have a golden rule when it comes to used vehicles. NEVER, ever buy any vehicle, that was EVER registered in Quebec.

    • 0 avatar

      Having lived (briefly) in Ontario, I have seen the attitude that some hold toward the Quebecois. What is it that makes Quebec-registered vehicles cars to avoid?

      • 0 avatar

        On top of the only road conditions and salt crappier than Ontario, title washing. There are loopholes that mean cars get retitled in QC and flipped out of province.

        If it ever goes back to Qc, you find out it was totaled and needs a frame inspection to be registered there. A friend of mine was burnt on an e36 he bought there, titled in ON, and sold to a Montrealer.

    • 0 avatar

      I want to know too!

      I’ve even observed this rule myself, without knowing really why…

      Any insights?

      • 0 avatar

        It’s a combination of terrible roads and too much road salt used in the winter months. My experience in Quebec proved to me that it is not only possible, but fairly common to see a new car entirely destroyed by rust in well under 10 years.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Among the additions are daytime running lights, a larger washer fluid tank, metric gauge cluster, battery heater, heated front and rear seats, heated side mirrors, and a backup camera. A quick-charge port will allow owners to access Level 3 DC fast-charging outlets.”

    So they’re just converting them all to be top-trim vehicles, basically, but without adding more battery to actually help with the cold weather, particularly after their batteries are degraded from years of driving.

    This is called “throwing good money after bad”.

    • 0 avatar

      I certainly understand the DRLs and the metric cluster as necessities and not that expensive. But the parts and labor to add all the heaters certainly seems like throwing good money after bad.

      • 0 avatar

        The metric cluster is just a menu change. Both temperature and speed.I checked the language settings and French is there. I think the DRLs are already there, but I haven’t verified that. My car has everything named in the article including the battery heater.

  • avatar

    Living in Montreal, the only 3 reasons I could think of is…
    Salt, potholes and cigarettes.

  • avatar

    Curious – why the use of the term “Canadian province” in the headline? is this supposed to attract interest as people are eager to know which province? Or does it reflect a belief that many people don’t recognize Quebec as a province? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Otherwise, a predictable move by the government – they pay among the highest gas taxes in North America, and use these funds to subsidize their electricity industry. Québéckers are growing their stock of cheap, unremarkable cars.

    • 0 avatar

      @deanst – TTAC may be owned by a Canadian company but most readers are American and many have no clue as to the names of Canadian provinces and where they are located. I have noticed that phenomenon many times when in the USA especially when well away from border states.

  • avatar

    Anybody know what the actual asking prices are on these?

    A used car lease based on the wholesale auction prices we see in the US minus 4 grand subsidy would be tres cheap, right?

  • avatar

    A Leaf? It should be a fleur. That won’t please the bloc.

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