Nissan Canada today announced it is cutting the price of its Leaf electric car by $6,800 across the board, bringing the car’s new base MSRP down to $37,498 – nearly $1,000 less than that of the first-generation Leaf that debuted in Canada as a 2012 model.

It's also a few hundred dollars less than the redesigned 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which went on sale earlier this year. This means the 2022 Nissan Leaf is now the most affordable new electric vehicle in Canada.

There are no notable changes to the Nissan Leaf for 2022. The new entry price applies to the Leaf SV, whose 40-kWh battery promises 240 km of driving range and 147 hp.

Also carried over from 2021 is the Leaf Plus, which gets a 62-kWh battery that boosts range to as much as 363 km and drives a more powerful motor with 214 hp. The 2022 Nissan Leaf S Plus starts at $40,098, followed by the Leaf SV Plus at $43,098 and SL Plus at $46,098. All three of those trims’ prices are down $6,800 compared to last year.

Nissan Canada marketing director Ken Hearn says the Leaf’s price cut is a continuation of the company’s “tradition of making electric vehicles available to everyone.” It is also very likely a direct response to the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is also $6,800 cheaper than last year's version. While the Bolt EV's price is higher than the Leaf's, the Chevy's promised 417 km of driving range is more than that offered in any version of the Nissan.

The more affordable 2022 Nissan Leaf will arrive at the brand’s Canadian showrooms in mid-September.