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Nissan LEAF
Nissan to be aggressive with LEAF pricing

Nissan is revealing a few more details about the buying process and deliveries for its upcoming LEAF fully-electric vehicle. Nissan announced yesterday that potential customers can begin putting down $100 deposits on the LEAF starting in April -- to be the first to get news about when the exact date in April deposits will be taken, Nissan recommends that you sign up at this website.

In August, Nissan will begin taking firm orders for the LEAF. Finally, in December, deliveries of the first LEAF EVs will take place around the same time in the United States, Japan, and Europe.

For inquiring minds, the battery pack will be included in the purchase price of the LEAF contrary to previous reports and speculation on the subject. Speaking of pricing, a Nissan spokesman claims that the official price of the LEAF -- which will also be announced in April -- will be close to that of a base model Toyota Prius. Toyota's Prius currently retails for just under $23,000 in the United States, so that would be an astonishing feat for the Japanese automaker.

We're more inclined to be believe that the "low 20s" price tag is after a $7,500 federal tax credit which is sure to attract quite a few buyers. However, if the price tag is before the $7,500 credit, Nissan dealerships might have trouble keeping up with demand for the compact hatchback.

"The Nissan LEAF purchase process is effortless, transparent and accessible, offering value with a one-stop-shop approach for everything related to the car, including the assessment, permitting and installation of in-home battery charging units," said Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas. "We want everyone to feel good about having a car that is affordable, fun to drive and good for the environment."

The Nissan LEAF uses a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an 80kW electric motor (107hp). The vehicle has a maximum range of 100 miles and can travel at up to 87 mph which should be fast enough for just about every U.S. market save for Atlanta.

Although not a full-electric vehicle like the LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt will also be vying for a place U.S. customers' garages this year. The Volt will hit the streets in the closing months of 2010 and could be priced in the low $30,000 range after a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Volt has a battery-only range of 40 miles, but can use its gasoline engine/generator to travel an additional 300 miles.

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RE: Bye Bye...
By Keeir on 2/12/2010 11:24:05 AM , Rating: 5
And so the ignorance begins

Interesting Fact One.

There are no independant verification of the range per charge of the Nissan Leaf. Nissan has claimed that on the LA04 Cycle, the Leaf is capable of 100 miles. The LA04 cycle is pretty gentle and is typically conducted at a temperature close to optimal (low to no accessory loads).

If you drive your car during high heat or cold rain or snow... during the night, I would wait to get some information about the Leaf's range in that condition before replacing my car with the Leaf. Early reports from other electric cars indicate real range in these situations might be 50-60% optimal.

The beauty of the Volt system is that, regardless of the situation, the Volt will get much more than 100 miles when fully charged and with a full tank. The Volt can also grab another 200+ miles of range in 10 minutes at any existing gas station.

Interesting Fact 2.

Nissan is not required to offer the same type of battery warranty of its air cooled pack as PHEV like the Volt or Prius.

Looking at Tesla's example as well as consumer products like the iphone, Nissian's warranty for both purchase and lease might amount to "70% capacity after 5 years is acceptable". The Volt on the other hand, must deliever the same number of AER miles in the same situation for the duration of the warranty period. (As I read California's emission parts regulation)

Interesting Fact 3.

The Volt has never once been delayed. Production plans at the start of the program called for sales to start in late 2010. Gee... Nov, 2010 sure seems ontrack.

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