The Nissan LEAF Will Be Really Affordable
Contrary to some of the recent rumors, at a base price of $32,780 it is relatively affordable… so affordable, in fact, that, after the $7,500 federal tax credit, Nissan is able to offer the LEAF for a lease price of $349 a month not including generous state incentives. When you add in some of those - like a $5,000 tax credit in California, up to $6,000 in Colorado, $5,000 in Georgia, and $1,500 in Oregon - all of a sudden you might be talking a final price of around $20K.At that price, the first 50,000 LEAFs, which come out in 2011, will probably be snatched up pretty quickly.Unfortunately, you pretty much have to have a garage to make one of these cars practical right now, though. That's going to really limit the market for this car-and plug-ins in general-until we have an extensive charging infrastructure.
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