Nissan LEAF pricing and availability announced
The new Nissan LEAF will be on the road from the end of this year
Nissan is to start taking reservations from US consumers later this month for its LEAF electric vehicle. A fully refundable down payment of just US$99 will ensure customers are given first crack of the whip when ordering starts for real in August, with nationwide rollout expected early 2011.
Nissan will be offering a one-stop-shop experience for buyers of the LEAF, not only will the company take personal care of delivery but is also offering to have AeroVironment install 220V personal charging docks (for an additional federal tax credit eligible US$2,200 or there abouts).
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the LEAF has been set at US$32,780 but with eligibility for a US$7,500 federal tax credit guaranteed and numerous regional incentives coming into play, customers could find themselves paying significantly less. The company has also said that monthly lease payments from as little as US$349 can also be arranged.
"Imagine the possibility of never needing to go to a gas station again. Or of paying less than $3 for 100 miles behind the wheel. Or of creating zero emissions while driving," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, NNA. "Nissan leads the industry by offering the first affordable, zero-emission vehicle for the mass market. Nissan LEAF truly is in a class by itself."
The Nissan LEAF comes with a GPS navigation system; Internet, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity; energy-efficient LED lights; an intelligent key push-button start system; stability and traction control and benefits from six airbags. Optional extras include a spoiler complete with solar cells, rearview monitor, fog lights and automatic headlights.
More information on the vehicle and the reservation process is available from Nissan's US website.
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I can’t imagine paying over 30 grand for a car that would only be of use to take me to work and back! And even then some times I would exceed it’s range on any given day, battery powered cars just aren’t “there” yet for me.
mrhuckfin is not a bright person as one only pays $25k and only $20k in Cal after rebates. Next he is going to lose big time at the gas pump. Just driving 40 miles/day the gasoline savings in 10 yrs will pay for the car, making it free.
As a high tech vehicle it\'s competition is BMW\'s, etc class which it\'s cost is rather low and it\'s a 5 seater.
So he can not get one and pay far more.
Plus in his, our income taxes, etc subsidizes the cost of oil at least 2x\'s the pump price and the Leaf will save over 28k lbs of oil over 10 yrs. Facts are the Leaf is a bargain. But some don\'t bother to think long term.
I think electric vehicles are a great idea, particularly if they are charged with renewable energy. However I find it hard to believe that it is that much more expensive to produce them. Who believes that an electric motor and some batteries costs $15,000 more to produce than an internal combustion engine and transmission? Not I.
Foghorn, As an engineer working in advanced battery systems and EV technology for thirty years I can tell you, it\'s the batteries that drive the cost of these vehicles up. The good news is that the costs are coming down as the volume of production rises. And the batteries are getting better in terms of longevity. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, managed properly, can last up to ten years in daily use. And modern electric motors can last hundreds of thousands of miles without any maintanence whatsoever. There will be a learning curve, once these mass produced vehicles take to the road, but I believe electric vehicles are here to stay.
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