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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 Masospaghetti on 2/14/2010 9:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
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Volt wasn't going anywhere anyways. 40 miles on a charge and then it basically becomes a standard ICE vehicle.


40 miles on a charge is enough to almost entirely eliminate fuel consumption for daily use, and having the range extender makes the Volt infinitely more practical than the Leaf.

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Really the only thing the Volt ever actually had going for it was the styling and they managed to screw that one up somewhere between concept car and production model.


You are complaining about the styling? Compared to what, the Prius or the Leaf? The Leaf looks ridiculous.

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They've also delayed the car so many times that by the time it comes to the market, if it ever does, it will be directly competing with what I consider to be superior models instead of being the lone wolf out there.


They haven't delayed the Volt even once. It's always been slated for late 2010 availabiility. And remind me, what models are "superior"? The Leaf is ugly, smaller, less powerful, and range limited - AND - I would bet that the batteries will not have the longevity of the Volt's batteries, as the Leaf will only use air cooling for its batteries and is much more aggressive with the charge and discharge cycles. Remember the Volt only uses 50% of its capacity to improve life - and it uses active cooling to maintain a good environment for the batteries.

The Prius, if its not accelerating to its demise, will only have a 12.5 mile range with full electric and is going to be nowhere near $10k cheaper.


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