Nissan is taking an aggressive position offering the first mass market electric car in the United States starting in December.? With prices starting as low as $32,780 before an extensive federal tax credit, along with other possible state and local incentives, the Nissan Leaf promises to be a bargain.
Including the $7,500 federal tax credit for which the Nissan Leaf will be fully eligible, the consumer?s after-tax net value of the vehicle will be $25,280. The Manufacturer?s Suggested Retail Price *(MSRP) for the 2011 all-electric, zero-emission Nissan Leaf is $32,780, which includes three years of roadside assistance. Additionally, there is an array of state and local incentives that may further defray the costs and increase the benefits of owning and charging a Nissan Leaf ? such as 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.
As a result of aggressive pricing and the availability of the $7,500 federal tax credit whose benefit is immediately included, Nissan will be able to offer a monthly lease payment beginning at $349, not including state or local incentives, which could further reduce the net cost of the Nissan LEAF.
?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.
The vehicle at the SV trim level is well-equipped with a variety of standard features, including an advanced navigation system and Internet/smart phone connectivity to the vehicle, enabling pre-heat/pre-cool and charging control. Nissan LEAF is equipped with energy-efficient LED headlights and makes extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials, such as seat fabric, instrument panel materials, and front- and rear-bumper fascias. Other standard amenities include Bluetooth connectivity; Intelligent-key with push button start; Sirius/XM satellite radio capabilities and roadside assistance. Safety features include vehicle dynamic control (stability control), traction control and six airbags. The SL trim level, available for an additional $940 (MSRP), adds features including rearview monitor, solar panel spoiler, fog lights, and automatic headlights.
In tandem with the purchase process, Nissan will offer personal charging docks, which operate on a 220-volt supply, as well as their installation. The average cost for the charging dock plus installation will be $2,200 and is eligible for a 50 percent federal tax credit up to $2,000.? At current rates it will cost less than $3 to ?fill up? the Leaf.
Nissan is taking reservations starting April 20, online at NissanUSA.com. Consumers will be required to pay a $99 reservation fee, which is fully refundable. The rollout starts in selected cities in December, with nationwide availability in 2011.