It was clear early on that the story of Paul Scott spending a lot of his retirement savings to try and speak to President Obama at a private fundraiser was going to be a contentious topic. After a big public outcry and a rejection from the Democratic National Committee, Scott took a step back to figure out his options. He has now told Plug In Cars that the $32,400 he was originally going to spend on two minutes with the President will now be used to buy two used electric vehicle for his family.

Scott is a Nissan Leaf salesman (as well as a co-founder of Plug In America, which has been active for years, as the archival image above shows, and a friend of the site), so you can probably guess which EVs he plans to purchase. He told PIC that, "My intention is to buy two used Leafs from my lot and give one to my daughter and one to my sister. Both are driving old beater ICE cars, so I'd be removing a small percentage of the oil industry's income stream forever."

Scott may be good at getting the word out about electric vehicles, but he's not exactly a good secret-keeper. He told PIC, "My sister knows, but my daughter's gift is going to be surprise." Not any more, it's not.


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      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are 32 used Volts within 200 miles of my Northern Virginia zip code. 6 are listed between $25k and $26k, which is a decent increase over the 1 or 2 that I used to see under $26k a few months ago. Those older 2011MY Volts are getting pretty affordable if you buy one in a smaller town. In the bigger towns the prices still seem to be holding above $26k the majority of the time.
      Reggie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come on GM you swines bring that nice RHD 100 mpg Via Motors light duty Silverado to us in $9 gas Europe.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Paul's decision to buy two Leaf's for his family, is very commendable. (although, if this represented a significant portion of his retirement money, perhaps not very wise). Paul's enthusiasm and dedication to selling EV's, is a credit to his employer, (Downtown Nissan LA), and Nissan, as well as Paul himself. Salespeople like Paul, and auto-dealers like Downtown Nissan, are the real front-line soldiers in the promotion of EV technology. I'm sure Paul's daughter will be thrilled with her new Leaf. My own daughter has just become old enough to obtain a drivers licence and take delivery of her very first car, a Toyota Prius. I think every father has mixed feelings about the increases perils and dangers their child will encounter as a new motorist, while appreciating (and fearing) the sense of independence and freedom car ownership provides.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Already a better use of his money. Good going :)
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Well he got a lot of publicity for free..
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Yep, Marco. Even better - they are buying oil in Yuan, Dinar, and whatever the heck currency Iraq uses, instead of oil, bypassing our interference. I don't know, maybe we are secretly paying China back this way for all the loans. I mean i'm sure our only real asset is our military hardware and strength at this point, Fort Knox is probably full of tungsten bars at this point. That's the ONLY way i can make sense of what we are doing. Meddling in the affairs of foreign countries is always wrong. From an imperialist standpoint though, i don't even have a clue as to how what we're doing makes sense. I do feel like expatriating, i don't see a future here. Do you need a "wife", Marco or Dan? :D
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          The real problem with politics is that people aren't filling out enough moveon / whitehouse / we the people petitions..
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Living in Denmark would be great for the 2wheel thing...Australia is pretty spread out...
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Maybe he approved more offshore drilling, cut the red tape on antarctic wildlife reserve drilling, and started a dozen more oil wars and occupations of north africa because he just never heard about EVs!
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @ 2 wheeled menace The final Irony is that after all America's military adventures in the middle east, the US Navy now at great expense, ensures the peaceful, safe passage of Iraqi and Iranian oil to a US competitor, the PRC ! The difficult to see how the increasing desire by the US (and NATO) to intervene on behalf of one faction in the civil war raging in Syria, can serve any useful advantage to US interests. Syria is not a significant trading partner, nor a significant oil producer. This new adventure, can only end badly. The losers will blame the America and the West for their defeat, and the winners will still hate America for it's support of Israel. Civil wars are always bitter and savage, but mostly it's better to just let these nation settle internal disputes on their own.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          This isn't a criticism of Obama, but talking to him for 2 minutes probably would not have caused a light bulb to go off and change everything. So I return, he got free publicity, a criticism of republicans (which is not a bad thing for the market), and got to keep his money, which was turned (or will be) into 2 EV's So much win...
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      So are used Leafs going for less than $15k already, or is that just employee pricing?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        They should be going for around that price. A brand new Leaf S is $28.8K and when you subtract the $7500 tax credit and the $2500 California incentive, it is effectively $18.8K for a brand new Leaf. So why pay more than $15K for a used one when you can buy new for $18.8K?
          Aaron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I think much of the used pricing is going to depend on the market. San Diego is a hot EV market (in more ways than one!). I wonder where Paul Scott lives? I'm surprised it took this long for him to help replace his family's ICE vehicles.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          http://www.autotrader.com/find/used-Nissan-Leaf-cars-for-sale-San%20Diego-92134.jsp Hard to find one under $16,999.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Part of the difference of course will be that the $28.8K Leaf S is the new base model that is stripped down compared to the earlier models (and current higher end models) that have more features.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        I suppose we should look at his actual inventory for a better answer. http://www.downtownnissan.com/used-inventory/index.htm?SByear=clear&SBmake=Nissan&SBmodel=Leaf&SBbodystyle=clear&SBprice=clear Three listed for sale, all SLs at $17,999. With at least 20k miles on them. Add tax and tags, and they'll be closer to $19k out the door... So the answer is, he's getting an employee discount. But hey, he is buying them from himself after all, so no real surprise there. I agree with Spec, that more than $15k is kind of high for a two-year old Leaf, but as Aaron points out, they are a high-demand car so that would drive the used values up.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Thanks for clearing that up! You're doing a wonderful thing...
          Paul Scott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          You are all making the assumption I'm getting these cars for the $32,400. Even with employee pricing, I doubt I can come close to $16K each. I'm just going to pay the difference and get them the cars. They are good people and I don't want them to have to pay for gas ever again.
          Ben Mayo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          @ Actionable Mango Cars don't use gas, people do
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Paul, Just a reminder that in order to remove "a small percentage of the oil industry's income stream forever" you have to crush those ICE cars, not sell them on the used market.
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          And in the next 10-15 years they won't be spending about that much money on gasoline either. The total cost of ownership between gas cars and EVs is getting interesting. And since electricity is fairly constant or you can choose to generate your own power for the price of a solar panel system, and gasoline prices won't be coming down anytime soon, it seems like a pretty good deal if you are going to have a car for the next decade.
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