$25,280 – that’s the price it will cost you, federal tax credit included, to score one of Nissan’s upcoming Leaf electric cars the company announced today. That price varies, of course, depending upon where you live and what other taxes, licensing fees and incentives might be available. Pre-orders of the Leaf will commence April 20, with limited roll outs planned by year’s end.
Nissan said the MSRP of the Leaf is $32,780. It is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as potential incentives like “a $5,000 statewide tax rebate in California; a $5,000 tax credit in Georgia; a $1,500 tax credit in Oregon; and carpool-lane access in some states, including California.” The company plans to offer a leasing option for the Leaf as well of monthly payments “beginning at $349, not including state or local incentives.”
The pre-ordering process will begin with those who have registered at the company’s Web site, followed by all interested “after a brief introductory period.” A $99 refundable “deposit” will be required, which will let consumers have “a place in line when Nissan begins taking firm orders in August, as well as access to special, upcoming Nissan Leaf events.” A roll out to select markets will occur in December, followed by nationwide delivery in 2011. Nissan will also be offering personal charging docks for charging the electric Leaf, which operate on a 220-volt supply, as well as their installation. This will be handled by AeroVironment. It is said the average cost of these docks “will be $2,200” and that consumers who purchase these “are eligible for a 50 percent federal tax credit up to $2,000.” It is estimated that, based upon current national electricity averages, it will cost less than $3 to fill the Leaf up.
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