Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How Much is the LEAF?

On March 30, Nissan finally announced the price tag for the 2011 LEAF electric vehicle. In select markets, you could be a new owner for $32,780, or wait until 2011 for the nationwide release. With aggressive pricing, other perks are available such as a $7,500 federal tax credit, and a bundle of state and local incentives are popping up - $5,000 statewide tax rebate in California, $5,000 tax credit in Georgia, and $1,500 tax credit in Oregon.

I must say that it is perfect timing given the recently media push of the Chevy Volt. When the Volt hits limited markets in CA, D.C. and Michigan, there will only be about 10,000 units with a similar price tag in the low $30,000 range. To see how how that test drive went, click here.

While all the manufacturers are advertising, investing and redeveloping battery technology, my big question is what is up with the MINI E? Where has my fine EV friend ventured off to this year? I was hoping the pilot fleet of 600 units in OR, CA and NJ would be successful enough to march ahead of Nissan. Please find the MINI E.

Image Source: Wired News

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