Nissan Leaf to Retail for Less than $33,000

Nissan recently announced that the standard version of its new electric vehicle, the Leaf, will retail for less than $33,000.

Although the initial price tag will read $32,780, purchasers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit. Some states also may offer tax rebates for the alternative transportation.

The Leaf, which will have the ability to travel 100 miles on a battery charge, will hit some markets this December. Nationwide sales will begin in 2011, but Nissan is already accepting online reservations. Leasing the Leaf also will be an option for consumers.

‘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 of sales and marketing for Nissan North America. “Nissan leads the industry by offering the first affordable, zero-emission vehicle for the mass market.”

In addition, Nissan will sell and install AeroVironment personal charging docks that operate on a 220-volt supply. The company reported the average cost of the docks will be $2,200, a figure that also is eligible for federal tax credits. Nissan approximated that the Leaf will cost less than $3 to recharge, based on present national electricity averages.

The Nissan Leaf is equipped with energy-efficient LED headlights and makes extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials, including seat fabric, instrument panel materials and front- and rear-bumper fascias.

Thanks to a $1.4 billion DOE loan that closed in January, Nissan retooled and expanded the company’s factory in Smyrna, Tenn., for the production of the Leaf and the battery packs used in the vehicle, with the goal of eventually producing 150,000 vehicles per year.

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The electric Nissan Leaf will retail for less than $33,000. Credit: Nissan.




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