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    The Nissan LEAF (Nissan).

    by: Jeff Sabatini, AOL Autos
     

    Nissan drew a line in the sand today, announcing a $32,780 suggested retail price for its forthcoming Leaf. Expected to launch in limited numbers in December, the all-electric Leaf should be eligible for a $7,500 Federal tax credit, bringing its actual cost to just $25,280. This positions the Leaf in the same ballpark as Toyota’s Prius hybrid, the most popular “green machine” on the road today. If filling out IRS Form 8936 seems like too much of hassle, Nissan will also offer a leasing program where they'll take the tax credit themselves, leaving the customer with a base three-year contract running $349 per month after a $1,995 down-payment.

    Leaf owners will also need to purchase a 220-volt home charging station, which Nissan estimates will cost $2,200 on average, including installation. "Fill ups" of electricity will cost owners about $3 according to Nissan, although that will vary greatly on the area of the country as well as the time of the recharge. Up to 4,700 Leaf owners could receive free charging equipment, however, as part of The EV Project, a U.S. Department of Energy grant program. Federal tax credits for the charging equipment will also be available.

    Other tax incentives could further reduce the price of the Leaf, according to Nissan officials who cite local programs in California, Georgia and Oregon. Georgia owners stand out as having the greatest incentives on their side: In addition to the aforementioned $7,500 Federal tax credit, state credits for an additional $5,000 will mean the Leaf will ring in at about $20,000 within the Peach State.

    Expecting interest in the vehicle to be high, Nissan will begin taking reservations on April 20 on NissanUSA.com. A refundable $99 deposit gets you a place on the list, with actual orders scheduled for August. Customers in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington will begin taking delivery as early as December, while the rest of the country has to wait until 2011. Nissan says it will be able to produce 50,000 Leafs in the first model year, to be shared among its global markets. That number could increase in 2012, as plans call for production expanding from Japan to both the United States and Great Britain.

    Nissan claims the lithium-ion battery pack in the Leaf should provide a range of over 100 miles, with a charging time of less than eight hours.

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    laeth8 Apr 13, 2010 10:43 PM
    Notice you have to spend money to save money. I would think that after us bailing out these companies, they could start making cars a bit more reasonable, But no, time to fill there pockets again, as you can see Welfare for the rich continues. Time to down size this country into quarters, or individual states. There is no longer any control in our goverment, and never will be with the population growing as it is. Keep your guns handy.
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    dirtybirdindc Apr 09, 2010 7:15 PM
    CHECK OUT CONSUMER REPORT NISSAN,THERE ARE ATLEAST 500 REPORTS AND YOU KNOW THAT NUMBER IS MUCH HIGHER
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    dirtybirdindc Apr 09, 2010 7:13 PM
    NISSAN IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE TRANSMISSION AND RADIATOR MIXING FLUIDS
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    kell8b Mar 31, 2010 5:10 AM
    you couldn't RUN fast enough to GIVE me one.
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    chvy70camaro Mar 31, 2010 4:14 AM
    The Chevy Volt looks WAY better than this tin can!!
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    stubit586 Mar 31, 2010 3:34 AM
    To estimate the impact on one's electric bill, run the clothes dryer for 8 hours per day, every day, for one month. When you open the electric bill you will likely need lot's of "green" to pay it.
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    threedawgknights Mar 31, 2010 3:00 AM
    Funny! We have all the gas we need now that Exxon and others have price up where they want it. Who needs electric? Just another rip off. When everything go's electric, then they'll start charging 5 dollars per amp to charge your battery's. GREED wins out again
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    pnut166 Mar 31, 2010 2:43 AM
    " jackhammer8456 Mar 30, 2010 11:37 PM The price is to high for now .. but will come down with time. BYE BYE BUSH CHENEY RUMSFELD OIL INC and OIL CRIME BUDDIES, your days are numbered. This technology has been uspressed for too long.">>>>>>>>> Oh, did Bush go back in time and "uspress" (?) the tech? Electric cars have been around nearly as long as the automobile itself; it`s not a new concept. The reason it never caught on is..... IT`S MORE EXPENSIVE THAN INTERNAL COMBUSTION, IDIOT !!! Do the math, nimrod - take away the govt subsidies (which were offered when the Prius debuted during Dubya`s reign of holy terror, fu*ktard), add in real-world charging costs and repair / maintenance, the charging station, AND the battery lease that this article suspiciously omits (Nissan is going to charge a monthly lease on the battery pack if you buy the car vs. lease it; the pack alone cost > 18k. That`s the only way they can do this - they obviously can`t sell a compact for 50k, although I suspect alot of enviro-tards would still buy it ). When the packs are too depleted to power the cars efficiently anymore, Nissan plans to sell them to power companies to daisy-chain together for storage. Hats off to Nissan - not for saving the planet, but for figuring out how to exploit greenies to maximum benefit !
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    calspeed Mar 31, 2010 2:40 AM
    Nice car and a start to a trend of alternative modes of automotive power. Nissan has always been cutting edge and rarely follows the leaders. They hit and miss. I dont know if the Leaf will be a hit. But it definitely isnt a miss. I look forward to the competition. Miguel
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    pnut166 Mar 31, 2010 2:23 AM
    charla152 Mar 31, 2010 1:17 AM Sounds like it's good for the environment>>>>>>Yeah. Sounds great - until that 400lb lithium pack ends up in a landfill. Know how much diesel fuel was burned mining and refining all that lithium ??? How much coal will be burned creating all that electricity ??? "Green" my ass !
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    charla152 Mar 31, 2010 1:17 AM
    Sounds like it's good for the environment...How long will the batteries last before they have to be replaced?...This vehicle is still way to pricey, we need a more affordable dependable automobile that will run on a regular everyday power supply that will last indefinitely and not have to be charged so often, if at all...However, I must say Nissan is on the right track to a for a greener future...Does the new "Leaf" come in green?
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    g27114142 Mar 31, 2010 1:07 AM
    I have an 07 Nissan Frontier. I also have a Victory 10 scooter (electric) the scooter rides better than the Nissan. I would rather walk if I could.
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    mrtoadslove Mar 31, 2010 12:59 AM
    Greenies amuse me. They must think electricity makes itself or something.
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    jeffnow329 Mar 31, 2010 12:58 AM
    I didn't swear why is that line missing...........AOL boy oh boy!
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    jeffnow329 Mar 31, 2010 12:56 AM
    I don't know what the Chevy Volt will go for but at ********* a fantastic looking car. Where is it by the way?
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    gonealreb Mar 31, 2010 12:51 AM
    So the charging station is an seperately priced option? Isn't that a bit like offering a car with a gasoline engine, but no gas tank? I did the math, the estimate of $3 a day is actually closer to $8 a day in So CA Edison territory. Rolling with laughter here.
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    time1865 Mar 31, 2010 12:06 AM
    Funny little clown car. I can buy a full size van and still it will be cheaper that this joke.
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    conniesb1 Mar 30, 2010 11:42 PM
    Sure is ugly
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    jackhammer8456 Mar 30, 2010 11:37 PM
    The price is to high for now .. but will come down with time. BYE BYE BUSH CHENEY RUMSFELD OIL INC and OIL CRIME BUDDIES, your days are numbered. This technology has been uspressed for too long.
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    heatherstickler Mar 30, 2010 9:59 PM
    BTW, the battery packs in the Prius (which are recharged using the car's own kinetic energy) seem toi work fine in the winter. I haven't noticed a difference in my average MPGs.
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