First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks –

J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times

First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks –

It’s going to be released very soon.  I haven’t really been closely following the electric car thing that closely, but it looks like the Nissan Leaf, the all-electric car, is going to be available to some Americans as of December this year.  That’s sooner than I thought they’d be out.

Different levels of the US government seem to be throwing money at this vehicle.Since Mr. McNaughton, a lawyer in Nashville, paid his $99 deposit, he has been bombarded with government incentives — promises of a $7,500 federal tax credit, a $2,500 cash rebate from the state of Tennessee, and a $3,000 home-charging unit courtesy of the Energy Department.

The government subsidies are shaving thousands of dollars off the Leaf’s $32,780 sticker price, while other benefits are piling up, like free parking in some cities and the use of express lanes on highways usually reserved for cars with multiple passengers.

That’s $10,000 off the sticker price!  That’s significant incentive to go get this car, if you live in Tennessee, at least.  It will be neat to see how things unfold with the Nissan Leaf.  Because it’s the first commercially available all-electric vehicle by a major automobile company, it will interesting to see how things pan out.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for the Leaf to be ready for sale in Canada any time soon, you’re out of luck.  It’s not scheduled for Canada until early 2012.  You could always try your luck by getting one in Washington state since they are slated for December 2010 for Leafs.  However, the electric infrastructure may not be there to support you when you bring it back across the border.


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