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
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
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.
GM reports that it sold 2,745 Volts while Nissan reports selling 4,400 Leaf
also already putting thought into what to do with Leaf batteries when the cars reach the end
of their usable life.