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Sure enough, if you want to lay your hands on the upcoming Nissan Leaf EV, you had better get ready to shell out $32,780 of your hard-earned cash. The good news is, the Leaf qualifies for the largest federal tax credit available – a full $7,500. Once you factor in the bonus cash, the world's newest plug-in will set you back around $25,280. Nissan will start taking reservations for the car on April 20, and the company is also offering lease options starting around $349 per month.

There will be a few other expenses associated with the purchase, the least of which is the $99 reservation fee. Buyers will need to pay an additional $2,200 for the necessary charging station and installation. Uncle Sam will throw another $2,000 tax credit your way for that equipment, though. If everything stays on track, buyers should see their battery-powered purchases arrive by December. Follow the jump for Nissan's official press release in case your interested in being one of the first to buy.

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As low as $25,280 ($32,780 MSRP minus up to $7,500 federal tax credit) Lease world's first mass-marketed EV for $349 per month

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, which becomes available for purchase or lease at Nissan dealers in select markets in December and nationwide in 2011. Nissan will begin taking consumer reservations for the Nissan LEAF April 20.

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. "Nissan leads the industry by offering the first affordable, zero-emission vehicle for the mass market. Nissan LEAF truly is in a class by itself."

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.

Reservations and Purchase
In order to ensure a one-stop-shop customer experience, Nissan is carefully managing the purchase process from the first step, when consumers sign up on NissanUSA.com, until the customer takes the Nissan LEAF home and plugs it into a personal charging dock.

* Nissan begins accepting reservations on April 20 first from people who have signed up on NissanUSA.com, and, after a brief introductory period, to all interested consumers.
* Consumers will be required to pay a $99 reservation fee, which is fully refundable.
* Reserving a Nissan LEAF ensures consumers a place in line when Nissan begins taking firm orders in August, as well as access to special, upcoming Nissan LEAF events.
* Rollout to select markets begins in December, with nationwide availability in 2011.

Charging Equipment
In tandem with the purchase process, Nissan will offer personal charging docks, which operate on a 220-volt supply, as well as their installation. Nissan is providing these home-charging stations, which will be built and installed by AeroVironment, as part of a one-stop-shop process that includes a home assessment.

* The average cost for the charging dock plus installation will be $2,200.
* Charging dock and installation are eligible for a 50 percent federal tax credit up to $2,000.
* Using current national electricity averages, Nissan LEAF will cost less than $3 to "fill up."
* Nissan LEAF also will be the sole vehicle available as part of The EV Project, which is led by EV infrastructure provider eTec, a division of ECOtality, and will provide free home-charging stations and installation for up to 4,700 Nissan LEAF owners in those markets.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.NissanUsa.com.

MSRP excludes applicable tax, title and license fees. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Charger not included? Uh...ok. How the heck do you charge the car then? Why not just include it in the overall price? Nissan, you're dumb.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I read a post a few days back about the Leaf charging with either a standard house plug, or a 220 special deal, which is probably what this is. The latter charges much faster, but the former will still get the job done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And maybe some people already have them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe they have to sell it separately in order to be eligible for the federal tax credit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's good to see the federal government can still afford $8,000 per to subsidize glorified golf carts.

      I'd been worried they were overdrawn with an out of control debt or something of that sort!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tax credits of $7500 for the car and $2000 for the charger? What a waste of my (and your) hard earned tax money! If people want an electric car, let them BUY it without my help! And the money goes to a FOREIGN corporation. Isn't that smart when our country is going broke! We can't afford health care, Medicare, Social Security, or to protect ourselves from illegal aliens, but we can shell out millions for foreign electric cars?! We're doomed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We've jumped the shark.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And let's stop subsidies to corn growers in Iowa, which really go to Monsanto and ConAgra. While we're at it, let's stop rebuilding Iraq."

        Except that having food supply and rebuilding Iraq are national security issue, while driving a new electric car is not. You should just keep to commenting on cars, because your understanding of economics and international relations is pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And let's stop subsidies to corn growers in Iowa, which really go to Monsanto and ConAgra. While we're at it, let's stop rebuilding Iraq.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You also know all about subsidizes glock...as 40 cents of every tax dollar you pay for your stupid military and oil importing...sucker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @failed: subsidies to Mansanto and ConAgra results in corn in everything, including sugary, obesity causing products. This of course, helps drive up healthcare costs, which we all subsidize through health insurance premiums. So we're really subsidizing unhealthy behaviors AND the medical care to mitigate it. Perhaps if we pull the root of the problem out of the ground we could save a ton more money and live longer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You forget that in the markets they're releasing the Leaf in, people are scrambling to put chargers *everywhere*.

      Here in Oregon we are getting 500-1000 chargers across the state. Many of them in front of businesses that you'd normally be driving to. Businesses are actually seeing it as a perk to attract electric car owners. I know that Costco is participating for one.

      The situation will be the same in Washington and California.
      When there are charge stations all over the place.

      So the only downside i can think of is that a trip over 100 miles would suck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Intriguing car. I'd like to see some life cycle cost estimators for the price to have some meaning.

      But when it really comes down to it, and I hate to admit this, I don't think I could buy it based on how ugly it is. Maybe I'd just have to factor in the cost of fixing its looks in my analysis. Why do the headlight housings need to stretch all the way from the bumper to the windshield? They thought more gaudy chrome was helping something?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan has positioned the LEAF for success. And I'm really static they have made this possible. The aid and guidance of the Obama administration can only go so far, it takes vision and entrepreneurship to bring successful products to the market, and to bring about the changes we need. A sensible future is a better future for all. Way to go Nissan!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol.. that wasn't a tea party comment.. calm down dude :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      It a shame it's so...how should I say this...fugly-looking. It looks like the Rogue had an electric offspring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to be a sticker, buuut, "buyers should see there battery-powered purchases arrive by December", should really say "their".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Federal Government, please stop throwing away my tax dollars subsidizing cars that American's don't really want to buy and start paying off the national debt before this country goes bankrupt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you know we subsidize foreign oil? Ah nothing like the status quo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The volt is a joke as well, an overpriced and unnecessary one, I don't consider myself to be a teabagger and now that it has been mentioned, I think it's also a bad idea to subsidize ethanol. If our government wants to combat global warming/air pollution, and reduce fuel consumption, all they need to do is raise the gasoline tax. (please start taxing gas & diesel at the same rate please). More expensive fuel will motivate people to buy more fuel efficient vehicles, drive shorter distances and car-pool more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, so you'd rather drive something putzy like a smart car than something quick and exciting like an electric or serial hybrid electric?

        If so, move to Europe.. do not pass go.. do not collect $200.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off, charging off the grid produces way less CO2 per mile than the average ICE. Partly because EVs are much more efficient at turning power into motion than an ICE, which loses a lot of energy to heat and vibration. Over 100,000 miles the power generated by an EV produces 100lbs of pollutants, where a typical ICE produces 3000lbs to go the same distance (1). This is also assuming only coal-fired power generation, which makes up only 55% of the electrical grid for the U.S. (1).

      Charging of the grid also allows for the energy to be generated from clean sources like solar or nuclear. Producing power on a large scale in a central facility is much more efficient than having hundreds of thousands of individual vehicles each making there own power.Eventually the coal plants will be replaced by cleaner sources of energy making the switch to EVs an important first step in reducing emissions.

      As for the range being limited to 100 miles per change, this really isn't a huge limitation when you think about it. The average American drives 35 miles a day, and 85% drive less than 60 miles per day (2). This means that the average person will still have range left at the end of their day for emergency trips. It's also possible to charge the vehicle at other places, such as your workplace, just in case extra range is needed. Granted you can't just fill up in a few minutes, but there's a lot of time when a vehicle sits idle for hours at a time when it could be charging.

      The most important thing to remember when choosing a car is your needs. If you know you have to drive 250 miles a day and don't have any opportunity to charge the vehicle then maybe it's not for you. If you frequently lose power in your area then this car might not work for you. For people who drive less then 100 miles a day and with stable, cheap electricity this is an awesome way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on fuel.

      1. http://www.electric-cars-are-for-girls.com/electric-powered-cars.html
      2. http://climateprogress.org/2008/07/11/plug-in-hybrid-faq/

      EcoCar teams all over North America are looking into technologies like this one and many others. Check out the EcoCar competition website at www.green-garage.org or my team's website at www.ecocar.uvic.ca
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello?...Federal tax credit. Right in the article.
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