The Nissan LEAF has been the topic of
discussion countless times here on DailyTech. The last time we
covered the LEAF, Nissan had announced that the first
deliveries of the vehicle would begin in December 2010.
Today, however, Nissan has finally
announced pricing for the compact electric vehicle. The LEAF
carries an MSRP of $32,780. The $7,500
federal tax credit for electric vehicles will bring that price
down to $25,280. Nissan also notes that state government tax credits
can bring that price down even more (California offers an additional
$5,000 tax rebate, Georgia offers a $5,000 tax credit, and Oregon
offers a $1,500 tax credit).
The 220-volt home charger needed to recharge the vehicle will cost you an additional $2,200 including
installation. However, "There's a credit for that" -- the
federal government will give you a tax credit of up to $2,000
covering the cost and installation of the charger onto your premises.
According to Nissan, the LEAF will be
available in SV and SL trim levels. The SV comes standard with such
niceties as GPS navigation and smartphone hookups. Paying an
additional $940 to step up to the SL trim will get you a spiffy solar
panel spoiler, fog lights, and a rearview monitor.
The Nissan LEAF can travel 100 miles on
a single charge and features a top speed of 87 mph.