What’s it gonna take to get you into a Nissan Leaf today? Sure, you’ve probably heard of the $7,500 federal tax credit for an electric vehicle (EV) purchase. But if you live in Tennessee you could qualify for an additional $2,500 rebate.
The state of Tennessee announced in September 2010 that $2.5 million had been budgeted for the rebates that are realized at the point of sale and credited against the purchase price. Rebates are still available for the first 1,000 Volunteer Staters who purchase a Nissan Leaf SL model with DC fast charge capabilities. Nissan announced in July that DC fast charge capability would come standard on the 2012 Leaf SL, but it is an option on the debut 2011 Leaf SL.
So what’s the catch? You simply have to be a participant in the EV Project, the largest deployment of electric-vehicle charging infrastructure in the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and run by Ecotality, the EV Project is deploying commercial charging stations in Tennessee in major metropolitan areas – Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga – and corresponding transportation corridors. Data gathered from the EV Project will be used to understand the charging behavior of EV drivers and how best to deploy charging infrastructure across the country.
There are 1,000 project slots available. In addition to purchasing a Nissan Leaf SL, potential Leaf owners must live in Tennessee and apply for the EV Project via the online Nissan LEAF Customer Journey to qualify for the rebate. Applicants must own their own home and intend on residing there for a minimum of two years. Finally, applicants must be willing to share their Leaf charging data. All EV Project participants will receive a Blink wall mount charger free of cost. The 2012 Nissan Leaf SL starts $37,250.