Ever since the debacle with the General Motors EV1s being taken back from lease customers and crushed, electric vehicle fans have been saying that they want to straight-up buy their vehicles. The point was to ensure that carmakers can't repossess the cars again. However, when it comes to prospective customers for the new Nissan Leaf, it seems the vast majority are opting for leases over outright purchase.

The choice this time is related to finances. When a plug-in vehicle is leased, the $7,500 federal tax credit is factored in up front as part of the payment. Those that buy outright will have to file for the tax credit on the following year's tax return. As a result, the 36-month lease price for the Leaf is just $349 a month. Those who buy and who have to get financing will have to do so based on the full $32,780 list price.

[Source: Wards Auto]

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