Nissan has announced pricing for their all-electric Leaf, due to go on sale here in December: $32,780. Although the deal sweetens when you factor in the applicable income tax credit of $7,500--which effectively brings the price down to $25,280, or about as much as a new Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Check out our test drive of the Leaf here.
@wowlfie You are mistaken in several ways. One, the car is certainly not available only in California, although that state's additional $5,000 credit will make it an even sweeter deal there. Anyone can sign up on Nissan's site to get on the list to have a chance to buy, but not all will be successful, especially at this price.
And before your absurd "real America" talk continues, Georgia offers the same $5,000 credit. Does Georgia count as a "real" state to you?
@wowlfie Can you provide an accurate source to your comment?
I can find nothing that substantiates that claim. Additionally they are being made at the Nissan Tennessee plant which casts further doubt on me that what you are saying is true.
Now if you were to make a claim that Nissan was insisting these are lease only vehicles in the U.S. then I'd be hollering right back at them to go stuff themselves. But since I can't find anything on that, I am assuming you can actually own these and not just 'borrow' them.
Also, if you happen to live in a state like Florida and plan on purchasing this vehicle you might want to take a look into getting your home some solar panels. Especially if you live in Florida. Some of the best incentives in the country.
There are so many things we can do as a species... But the things we need almost never get done.... You don't know what I'm talking about...
A_Rock, why are you so enigmatic!?
Describe here your ideas.
Maybe somebady will go further than.
So nissan is purposefully pricing this so they get your tax break, and for a car that really is just a toy. Thanks for pulling for the team there nissan.
Put out an $8000 dollar model and actually make a difference next time.
The test markets will not get all the rebates. Initially 5K will be sold in Dec. of 2010 with ~1k going to each of the 5 test markets. After this there is ~20 markets they will then sell to, houston being one of those inwhich I hope to get one. Only about 50K a year will be made in 2011 thru 2012-2013 (depending on when the Tenn plant starts production)which will be sold world wide. The rebate counts for the first 200k cars sold for each car company, toyota, chev, ford etc. will have rebates for there first 200k cars sold. So it will be several years before the rebate runs out for the nissian leaf and everyone will have a chance at the rebate for the first few years. The hard part will be getting one of these beauties no matter where you live.
As for the price, Nissan set a new lower bar which others have to meet to compete. Like the iMiEV had to drop there price by 20% after Nissan announce their price, so thanks Nissan for lowering the bar.
Nissan can officially start its engines for its all-electric car, Leaf. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized a $1.4 billion loan to the car manufacturer that should help it retool a Smyrna, Tennessee factory to build electric cars, and also revamp an advanced battery manufacturing center. Nissan's projects are expected to create up to 1,300 American jobs.
That is ONE MILLION, SEVENTY SIX THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE DOLLARS for each "expected job"!
And we all know that the loan isn't really a loan and will be forgiven by the current political hacks and Czars...
Go buy a Ford. They are the only company not putting on rubber gloves and looking for lubricant!
For $32K I'm buying a used Audi... I'd love to buy an electric, but not for that price (even with the $7K credit).
Warning: You are about to engage in an Rant/Diatribe on the Nissan Leaf (by someone speaking from actual "experience")
I am one of those "early-adopters" for the Nissan Leaf program.
So far, this process is reminiscent of going to the "DMV" [Dept of Motor Vehicles]. Let me preface this by stating, that in California [CA], going to the DMV is like [literally] Pulling-Your-Teeth (with No Novocain!)
I first had to pay the $99 bucks to reserve the car (no problem here).
Then, secondly, Another $99 bucks when making the appointment for the charging station with Nissan installation point company [AV Environment] (sorry but, I was told, that the "EV Project," that promises "Free" chargers is only offering these in the "Big Fish" Markets of San Diego and LA - so I'm screwed on this because of my being in "Timbucktu")
But the charging process itself really stretched-me-to-the-Limit!! (with the delayed appointments), the higher than expected full install cost (over $2,400 - that's right, Much higher that the "average" - could this be because I'm in the "Central Valley" CA, so electricians are so much more "Rip Off" here?!? - then there was the "promise" by AV Environment that they would give me a "discount" for my troubles [a "empty" promise, since I've asked, a number of times, When I would receive this [in Vain]).
Then lastly, my experiences with Nissan itself has been bordering on somewhere between "dealing with Santa Claus" and [again] the "DMV." (since we Don't really know "When" the car is actually going be delivered. They giving us a sometime "around" November/December).
I say "Santa Claus" because it is literally reminiscent to the day, when we were little kids, when we Didn't know What-In-The-Heck kind of gifts we'd receive (You know that "game" that our parents "Played" on us. The one involving "mental torture" of the Christmas season "UnKnown."
Yes, it is Just-Like-That with our New Santa Claus, Nissan (and it is just as "Ironic" considering they [again] said it won't be coming until "Sometime" around December (can you/we say "Merry Christmas???" [Thank You Santa Claus Nissan!!!]).
But to say, this last process [of waiting and uncertainty] has been, at the very least, "Yo Yo," and the most, stressful Beyond reason!! (just the process of "buying" a car, most people know, is stressful, in and of itself - with this process, Double-ly so!!).
So overall, the Entire process is Worst than pulling teeth!! (and one, that If-I-Had-Known it was like this I would have Never had gone through this "Chinese Water Torture.")
I am Not an Environmental Wack Job, who is doing this "For-The-Planet," to "Reduce-My-Carbon-Footprint," or any other "Al Gore-ian" nutso ideology -- I (and most) consumers just want this [an E-car] for "practical" purposes -- So I, personally, just wanted to get a sophisticated Go-Cart that would: 1) Take me to my job (which is close by) and, 2) Save on [or eliminate] my regular Gasoline bill.
So, in my humble opinion, if everyone (Government/Environmental Wackos/Industry) Really wants to make this [so-called] "Green Revolution" to be feasible and/or "realistic" then they had Better make this process more "practical" and "seamless," otherwise, they will have a Whole Lot of very Frustrated [and frankly, Angry] people out there, who will either: 1) Not "Buy-In" and/or Reject this stuff, or, 2) Fight back (with either outright anger/protest/etc.)
I went with the Leaf, over the GM Volt, because, frankly, 1) the Volt is Way....to expensive (being Over 40 Grand), and 2) In the Volt, you STILL have to deal with an engine (hence, in CA, the dreaded annual "smog tests" for registration purposes). I wouldn't have any "Range-Fear" because [again], I'm close to my job, and 2) I plan to get another [regular gas] car for my longer [rare] trips.
But if GM can streamline their process, better that Nissans, then they WILL win in the upcoming "War of the E-Cars."
My 2 cents.
So Everyone out there, Beware!!!