Thursday, April 1st, 2010...8:56 pm

Nissan announces pricing for the Leaf

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Nissan Leaf

Nissan released pricing information for the their fully electric vehicle called the Nissan Leaf.   The Leaf is a four door vehicle that has a range of 100 miles on a full charge and can recharge using 3 different levels of charging.  The leaf will be the first production electric vehicle that supports Level III charging or better put it can charge from 480 volts AC and reach an 80% charge in only 26 minutes from a Level III charger.  Nissan stated this week that the vehicle would have a MSRP of $32,780 but when you include the federal tax savings of up to $7,500 the Leaf could be as low if not lower than $25,280 when you include additional state tax savings.  They also announced that they would lease the vehicle for $349 a month.

No word yet on whether or not the battery pack only could be leased as this would make owning the car even cheaper and remove worries of warranties on the battery packs because if they lease the pack and something went wrong then they would just replace the battery pack no questions asked.  I hope they consider this as an option.

I have heard a lot of people complaining that this pricing is still to high.  I don’t think these people are realizing the advantages of this vehicle over a traditional gas car.  For the small price of $25,280 you no longer have to pay for gas and can go a 100 miles for a about $2 or about 2 cents a mile!

You no longer have to:

  • Change the oil
  • Change the oil filter
  • Change the the air filter
  • Change the gas filter
  • Change the spark plugs and wires
  • Change the belts
  • Check the coolant (electric motor is water cooled but shouldn’t loose as much)
  • Search aimlessly for a gas station

I love the way one of my friends put it,

“A gasoline engine has a 1,001 plus moving parts, all of which can and do fail at any given time.  However, and electric car has only ONE moving part in its motor and that part hardly ever fails!”.

The electric motor has been perfected for over a 100 years and when it does fail it is usually just the brushes in the motor that need to be replaced.  There are extremely old electric motors still in use today.  Some of the original electric vehicles from the 1900′s still run with the original motors.  Electric motors don’t have this limit of only 200,000 miles that gasoline engines do.  Electric vehicles are only going to be limited by the life span of their batteries.  The batteries in the Leaf are warrantied for 100,000 miles so when you add all these benefits up I can only see this as a vehicle that is actually a steal for only $25,280!

Nissan will start taking reservations for $100 on April 20th, 2010.  Check back here for a link on that day!

So long gasoline… its been nice knowing you! NOT!

1 Comment

  • “I have heard a lot of people complaining that this pricing is still to high. I don’t think these people are realizing the advantages of this vehicle over a traditional gas car. For the small price of $25,280 you no longer have to pay for gas and can go a 100 miles for a about $2 or about 2 cents a mile!”

    Yes but how much will it cost in additional utilities since you have to charge from your home electricity. Also how much fossil fuel consumption does this equate to from a coal power plant?

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