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Leaf price increases by thousands for 2012  (Source: Nissan)
Prices go up significantly for Leaf

Of all the green cars on the road today, the two that get the most attention tend to be the pure electric Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, which is classified as a plug-in hybrid. The two cars are selling well and it looks like the price will be increasing for the 2012 model year on both of the vehicles.

Nissan has announced that the price on the Leaf will go up significantly in both base trim and SL trim for 2012. The base Leaf will see its price rise from $32,780 to $35,180. The SL will see an even larger price increase going from $33,720 to $37,250. Nissan also announced that it would up the lease price of the Leaf slightly to $369 monthly from $349 monthly for the 2011 model year.

Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Nissan North America said, "Many enthusiastic consumers have eagerly anticipated ordering a Nissan Leaf of their own, and now we can make zero-emissions mobility a reality in more markets." He also noted, " In response to direct feedback from Nissan Leaf owners, the features that customers want most will come standard on the 2012 Nissan Leaf — including quick charging and cold-weather features."

The quick charge feature allows the Leaf to be hooked to a 480v charger. That allows the Leaf to recharge in 30-minutes from a dead battery to 80% capacity. The cold weather gear includes a battery heater, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.

GM is also offering pricing details on its 2012 Volt. The base Volt for 2012 will have a price of $39,995 including the $850 destination charge. In 2011, the Volt started at $41,000. The Volt with navigation and Bose sound is rising in price by $990 compared to 2011 models.

In June, GM reports that it sold 2,745 Volts while Nissan reports selling 4,400 Leaf EVs.

Nissan is also already putting thought into what to do with Leaf batteries when the cars reach the end of their usable life.

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Wanna be environmenta#$* frien**$ and conscious?
By Scary on 7/20/2011 11:39:24 PM , Rating: 3
All these people wanna buy these electric cars so they can claim that they care about the planet and such. It sure makes them feel good. But they haven't fully thought about it through. The best thing ANYONE could do is buy a USED car. Sure the mileage won't compare, but there are other factors that must be taken into account.

First, to make a brand new car requires a tremendous amount of resources. Cars that use heavy metal components, ie; batteries, where do these things come from? Heavy metal deposits are in asia, middle east, and south america. How much of their environment do we destroy in the process of refining these ores and then mill them, and shipping and assembly. These things need to be taken into account whenever someone wants to claim to be green. Sure, green in your eyes, but check out how less green it is for those around the rest of the world. Auto makers don't wanna hear it, they won't promote it, they sure as well will never advocate for that view point. But as a consumer, please, be conscious buy used, recycle, don't worry, the energy that it takes to bring a new car to market is tremendous, a used car while emits more C02 will never even reach that level of pollution.

By Dr of crap on 7/21/2011 9:13:41 AM , Rating: 2
Boy, I've been Earth friendly for the past 20 years.

I feel the same as before knowing I've not added to the downfall of our existance, by buying only used cars!

That means that they should sell a few more new Leafs and Volts to offset what I've been doing.
Great marketing idea - not?

By Hiawa23 on 7/21/2011 12:11:07 PM , Rating: 1
The earth was here long before you or I appeared, & it will be here long after we are gone.

By Redwin on 7/21/2011 3:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
For the purposes of his (and most similar) statements, "Friendly to the Earth" really means
"Keeping Earth Friendly for Human Habitation"

By your implied definition anything that leaves the earth "here" (as opposed to where, exactly?) is "earth friendly".

You can argue for your definition if you want, but saying its OK to let our biosphere turn into an unlivable hellscape because the earth will be still "be here" (even if humans won't) is not very useful in most practical policy discussions.

By slond on 7/21/2011 1:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
It's called conspicuous conservation. It's when you put your solar panels in the shade because people can't see them on the sunny side of your house. And people do do that. Freakonomics did a show on it:

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