Nissan LEAF: Get Your Green Ready This Earth Day
Nissan North America has announced that it will begin taking reservations—a fully refundable $99—for the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle on April 20 for people who have registered at www.nissanusa.com. April 20 is not-so-coincidentally Earth Day. And they’ve announced the pricing:
The MSRP for the LEAF is $32,780. Take out the $7,500 federal tax credit, and you’ve got a vehicle that comes in at $25,280.
And given which U.S. state you live in, you may get addition tax rebates (e.g., $5,000 in California) or credits (e.g., $5,000 in Georgia).
Interested in leasing? Then they’re going to have payments starting at $349/month.
Assuming that you get a LEAF—initial rollout will start in December 2010—chances are there may not be a charging station nearby. So Nissan is offering personal charging docks—a.k.a. home charging stations. Part of the purchase process will be an assessment of your domicile for the charging station. According to Nissan, the average price of a charging dock, installed, is $2,200. And the dock and the installation are eligible for a 50% federal tax credit up to $2,000.
And consider this: they’ve calculated, based on average electricity costs across the country, that it will cost $3 to “fill” a LEAF. The range for a charge is said to be 100 miles.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.