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PRICE DROP: 2013 Nissan Leaf Electric 5-Seat Car Now As Low As $18800 CA, $15800 CA+SJV, $17300 IL, $16300 GA, $15300 CO, $13800 WV and Others // $12 to fill "tank"

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Nissan's objective for the LEAF has always been to produce an affordable zero-emission vehicle for the mass market, and the 2013 LEAF is a prime example of that commitment with increased value at every trim level, making it more accessible for more people. http://www.prnewswire.com

"With nearly 50,000 LEAFs on the road globally, we are the leaders in zero emissions vehicles and our class-leading product just got better," said Billy Hayes , Global vice president of LEAF sales for Nissan. "From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience. Now customers won't have to pay a premium for owning a green car that's really fun to drive, and that's exciting." http://www.prnewswire.com

Nissan recently began U.S. assembly of the 2013 Nissan LEAF at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., a localization initiative that further drives efficiencies by leveraging already-existing equipment and processes while also reducing exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency. The battery packs that power LEAF are built in an adjacent facility in Smyrna while the vehicle's electric motor comes from Nissan's powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., further supporting efficient manufacturing. http://www.prnewswire.com

Eligible consumers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit, and some states and municipalities offer additional incentives. For example, California residents can get a 2013 Nissan LEAF for as low as $18,800 after the federal tax credit and state rebate of $2,500. http://www.prnewswire.com

Nissan will also continue its lease offer for the 2013 LEAF, allowing consumers to lease the electric vehicle for as low as $199 per month for 36 months, which includes tax credits and destination charges. http://www.prnewswire.com

About the 2013 Nissan LEAF
Now in its third model year, the Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling pure electric vehicle with nearly 50,000 cumulative sales worldwide. For 2013, the LEAF features numerous customer-focused upgrades. LEAF is powered by a responsive 80kW AC synchronous motor produced at Nissan's Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn. The 2013 LEAF's output is 107 horsepower, with 187 lb-ft. of torque. Energy is supplied by an advanced 48-module lithium-ion battery made at the new battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn. http://www.prnewswire.com
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This week at the Detroit Auto Show, Nissan announced that the new Leaf S series will start with an MSRP of $28,800, which undercuts the previous least expensive Leaf by $6,400, representing a drop of 18%. Add up the incentives for buyers—$7,500 in federal tax credits, plus a $2,500 rebate in certain states, including California—and drivers can essentially pay “full price” for a Leaf for as little as $18,800. Read more: http://business.time.com

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30kW/h * $0.10 kW/h = $3

Say a range of 100 miles is $3 a charge; to compare to gas car multiply by 4 = $12 for 400mi.

Gas car goes 400 mi. a tank full. 400 / 25 * $4 = $64 for 400mi.

Fuel Cost
[LEAF] 75000mi / 100 * $3 = $2250
[GAS CAR] 75000mi / 100 * $16 = $12000

The 2013 Leaf is rated at 130 MPGe on the EPA city cycle and 102 MPGe on the highway cycle, for a combined rating of 115 MPGe.
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#31
Quote from EddieLasVegas View Post :
I like the look of the Leaf, but if you are in the American Southwest this is probably not the car for you.

It seems our long hot (very, very hot) summers are h_ll on these batteries.

Eddie
Agreed. See http://www.wiltingleaf.com
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Not one Chevy volt has ever caught fire during normal use or in an accident(or any other electric car for that matter). If you have some facts that say different please post the link. The Volt was also conceived "prior" to the government bail out. The Volt uses the gas engine to recharge the batteries, so it has about 4x-5x the range of the Leaf. Which one is better for you depends on how far you need to drive. If you can get by on 60-70 miles a day then the Leaf I am sure would be great. But you are not taking it when you need to drive a couple hundred miles, so you would need another car for that. Or you could just buy a Volt and you are good for both situations. I have seen the volt on the road and I think it is a nice looking car. If they could get the price down another 5-6000 dollars it might be a good buy.
As far as I have read, you are absolutely correct about that snotty little "fire" comment. Two fires, neither from customer cars, and they figured out what the problem was and recalled existing cars to institute a fix to prevent them in the real world. Basically, after a significant collision, the batteries can ignite well after the fact (weeks later!) if certain procedures are not carried out. If this information is wrong, I'm all ears, but there's nothing to be found in a google search about Volt fires that isn't over a year old and related to a known (and fixed) issue.

As for your description of the Volt, I don't believe the onboard generator ever actually charges the batteries, it will primarily just power the electric motor that moves the vehicle directly, and in some very specific instances the engine will directly power the wheels via the transmission (though only at highway speed, IIRC, and this is something that's not well known). And of course the range of the Volt is not a multiple of that of the Leaf.... it can go as far as you want it to, as long as you keep gassing it up. Now, whether or not the fuel mileage it achieves in gas-only operation is anything to get excited about is another question, and the answer is "no". But at least the option is available to you, and you will never have any "range anxiety", worrying about running out of juice and being stuck.

If you plan on doing significant highway driving on a regular basis, neither the Leaf or the Volt, or ANY electric, is the car for you. Get a diesel.
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#33
Zero-emission vehicle except for the coal-fired power plant used to produce the electricity that charges the battery. (I'm definitely not against the coal-fired power plants, just pointing out the fact that zero-emission vehicles are not as environmentally "perfect" as they sound.)
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Quote from wavetwister View Post :
$21,300 after tax credit
rtp
Quote from roltzje View Post :
Its a nice price drop but I had to downvote your post because of how you wrote it... seriously. While its nice to give us information on it, all you did was try to sound like a gimmicky salesman. You highlighted the torque, because the horsepower is low. Worst of all, you mentioned MULTIPLE times that its made in Tennessee.. which has nothing to do with the product that youre getting.. you made no mention of other important factors of the vehicle other than the engine related parts.
Whatever, just posted clips from the press release I think they were pointing to it now being made domestically as the reason for the new lower pricing. Horsepower is some arbitrary number that indicates how hard one must rev a gas engine to get the maximum torque out of it. 187 lb-ft. of torque is quite good for a car of this size, economy, and class and is available immediately.
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#35
I work at a Nissan dealership (bay area if anyone is looking for a slick deal) and Nissan is making an S model this year, while last year they only had an SV, and SL. So the more basic model does make it much more affordable!
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#36
I am leasing one for my commute (10 miles each way), and its great for that. However, I'd say if you can't live with a 70mi range (35mi radius), this car is not for you.
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#37
will this change color in Autumn ?
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will this change color in Autumn ?
haha nice.
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#39
still not good enough imo, I wouldn't even be able to drive to and from school (55 mi, mixed) without risking the battery going dead before I go home

this car is only suitable for grocery shopping in your local town

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The people who TD work for the oil companies bounce
I wish Big Grin
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#40
Did anyone mention HDMI, Bluray, Ipad, Resolution, Plasma, Android, Lcd, DLP, OBAMA, Romney or anything else.
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#41
So I get a charging station at my home... cool. So now I drive to work (55 miles) and the closest charging station is about a mile away. So I pull in for a charge... they charge for how long you charge... so I need to leave work after a couple of hours, go pull the plug and then drive the car back to work.

Not very convenient at this time. Pass.
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#42
Quote from trza View Post :
It's nice knowing that I'll be paying for somebody else's Leaf until I die. If they were such a good deal, we wouldn't have to subsidize them.
You do understand that petroleum is the most subsidized energy in us history? Including Trillion $ Wars.
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What will it be worth 5 years from now when it needs new batteries along with depreciation and better tech out there? In the meantime, the taxpayers have paid a lot to subsidize it.
and 96 months/100,000 miles Lithium-Ion Battery coverage (whichever occurs earlier). http://www.nissanusa.com/electric...e/battery/
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Zero-emission vehicle except for the coal-fired power plant used to produce the electricity that charges the battery. (I'm definitely not against the coal-fired power plants, just pointing out the fact that zero-emission vehicles are not as environmentally "perfect" as they sound.)
They are targeting hybrid car marketing I am thinking. Coal steam turbine power is much cleaner than the internal combustion engine and the petroleum footprint it uses; think barging petroleum across an ocean that was pumped from ground in the middle east. Then one can also use Solar, Wind, Hydro, and Atomic electric power to charge their car as well.
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Zero-emission vehicle except for the coal-fired power plant used to produce the electricity that charges the battery. (I'm definitely not against the coal-fired power plants, just pointing out the fact that zero-emission vehicles are not as environmentally "perfect" as they sound.)
...and add to that the irony that CA gives a huge discount...but no one in CA pays 10 cents a kwh either. Try TRIPLE that.

Leave it to the government to kill cheap electricity (read: nuclear) and then pay to subsidize people to drive electric cars.

I drove a hybrid for 10 years and it cost me 1.5 gallons to go 100 miles ($6). Without solar, that's cheaper than paying for electricity on a Leaf thanks to Grey Davis.
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#44
I think the Leaf is an awesome car. I drive a Ford Focus Electric, but I would gladly buy a Leaf as well.

Adding a nice solar array for your home is a bit better than the "coal-fired power plant" used to power all electric cars...
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Zero-emission vehicle except for the coal-fired power plant used to produce the electricity that charges the battery. (I'm definitely not against the coal-fired power plants, just pointing out the fact that zero-emission vehicles are not as environmentally "perfect" as they sound.)
That may be true in the some parts of the US. But in other parts, you can choose to have electricity come from things like the sun, wind and water. All are zero emissions. As a consumer, you can choose the source of your electricity. Thus if you use an electric car like the Leaf, it can truly be zero emissions from generation to use.

In California, coal is tiny fraction of electricity generation. In state, we generate twice as much power from poop than coal.

http://energyalmanac.ca.gov/elect...acity.html

Even if someone gets their electricity from a coal fired power plant. That power plant is more efficient than an individual car. Thus for every ton of carbon released into the air, you'll get more mileage out of electricity from a power plant than burning gasoline in a car.
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