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.