Owning a new electric car may now be within your reach as several dealerships in California and Washington are offering a brand new 2012 Nissan Leaf with a $5,000 discount. The base Leaf SV has a price tag of $36,050, including destination costs. The up-level SL is priced at $38,100. Green Car Reports said that two dealerships on the west coast have started to advertise Leaf SL models for sale at $5000 below MSRP, aside from the federal tax rebate of $7500, and incentives that vary in amounts depending on the state.
It’s possible then that a fully-loaded Leaf is priced at only $25,600 with the deduction of the dealer rebate and government tax credit but before other rebates. There are other incentives being offered though.
A dealer in Washington State is providing a Level 2 home charging station as part of the lease payment for just $50 more per month aside from a 39-month lease. Initially, Nissan had set a target to sell 20,000 Leafs this year. But Nissan had only been able to sell 9674 units in 2011. But in the first six months of 2012, Nissan had only sold 3,148 units.
Nissan is planning for this electric car to have more availability in the U.S. and so it is expanding its Smyrna, Tennessee plant. There are also rumors that the Leaf will receive several minor upgrades for the 2013 model year so it would make sense for dealers to sell what’s left of its inventory. Extra rebates on the Leaf are offered by North Bay Nissan in Petaluma, California. This dealership had delivered the first Leaf ever built in the U.S. at the end of 2010.
When the design team and engineering team developed the new Nissan LEAF, their goal was to come up with a real-world car that was priced competitively and that will allow the brand to take the lead in the zero-emission segment. It is not all about zero-emissions as the inclusion of a new layout for the body, and even a new chassis, meant that it has ample space, allows for comfort, and has the needed cargo capacity.
Of course, environment-friendliness will remain to be its defining feature and the reason why the LEAF has no CO2 emissions, or any greenhouse gas emissions for that matter, is because the powertrain does not have any tailpipe, unlike that of standard vehicles fitted with internal-combustion engine. Powering the LEAF is the compact laminated lithium-ion batteries capable of at least 90 kW.
The electric motor on the other hand can deliver 80 kW with maximum torque of 280 Nm. This means the LEAF still has that fun-to-drive and responsive experience that customers experience from the usual gas-powered models.
The battery, when combined with the regenerative braking system, results in the LEAF being able to reach at least 160 km (100 miles) on a full charge. For some this may not be enough but consumer studies have shown that this range does meet the usual daily drive of 70% of drivers in the world.
Charging is not a problem as well as the brand managed to not only make it easy but even convenient. Through quick charging, it takes 30 minutes to charge the battery to a maximum of 80% of the whole capacity. Charging can be done at home using a 200-volt outlet. Since a full charge requires around 8 hours, this is more than enough time to rest both the vehicle and the driver.