All-Electric Nissan Leaf Will Sell for $32,780

Nissan today announced pricing for the Nissan Leaf electric car. The suggested retail price will be $32,780, while a monthly lease will cost $349 per month. A vast array of federal and state consumer incentives, including a $7,500 tax credit, will reduce the total purchase price. The 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle becomes available for purchase or lease at Nissan dealers in select markets in December and nationwide in 2011. Nissan will begin taking consumer reservations for the Nissan LEAF April 20.

Local incentives include a $5,000 statewide tax rebate in California; a $5,000 tax credit in Georgia; a $1,500 tax credit in Oregon; and carpool-lane access in some states, including California.

In California, which is expected to be the biggest market for the Leaf, the combined federal and state tax credits would effectively reduce the total purchase price to the low-$20,000s. Of course, consumer would not receive the benefit until tax time—and will still need to pay for or finance the entire cost.

Nissan begins accepting reservations on April 20 first from people who have signed up on NissanUSA.com, and, after a brief introductory period, to all interested consumers. Consumers will be required to pay a $99 reservation fee, which is fully refundable. Reserving a Nissan LEAF ensures consumers a place in line when Nissan begins taking firm orders in August, as well as access to special, upcoming Nissan LEAF events.

The vehicle at the SV trim level is well-equipped with a variety of standard features, including an advanced navigation system and Internet/smart phone connectivity to the vehicle, enabling pre-heat/pre-cool and charging control. Other standard amenities include Bluetooth connectivity; Intelligent-key with push button start; Sirius/XM satellite radio capabilities and roadside assistance. Safety features include vehicle dynamic control (stability control), traction control and six airbags. The SL trim level, available for an additional $940, adds features including rearview monitor, solar panel spoiler, fog lights, and automatic headlights.

Charging Equipment

In tandem with the purchase process, Nissan will offer personal charging docks, which operate on a 220-volt supply, as well as their installation. Nissan is providing these home-charging stations, which will be built and installed by AeroVironment, as part of a one-stop-shop process that includes a home assessment.

  • The average cost for the charging dock plus installation will be $2,200.
  • Charging dock and installation are eligible for a 50 percent federal tax credit up to $2,000.
  • Using current national electricity averages, Nissan LEAF will cost less than $3 to “fill up.”
  • Nissan LEAF also will be the sole vehicle available as part of The EV Project, which is led by EV infrastructure provider eTec, a division of ECOtality, and will provide free home-charging stations and installation for up to 4,700 Nissan LEAF owners in those markets:Phoenix/Tucson, San Diego, Portland/Salem/Eugene (OR), Seattle, Nashville/Knoxville.


  • 9691

    The future has finally arrived.

  • Kei Jidosha

    Cost of ownership competes with ICE vehicles at $20k, $15k in California and Georgia. Very appealing price.

  • Eric

    It’s getting exciting!

    Are there any more details about the battery such as warranty, swap-outs/future upgrades, etc.

    Also where is the Focus Electric? Haven’t heard any more about it in a long time…

  • J

    So do you get the $7500 tax rebate when you first purchase the car or do you have to wait until you file your taxes for the year?

  • Mr.Bear

    Isn’t this the one with the $200/month battery lease for the life of the car?

  • Anonymous

    this is a significant step. now start building the charge stations!

  • Eric

    -I’m pretty sure the $7500 rebate is upon purchase not at tax time.

    -Nissan decided not to lease the battery seperately in the US.

  • Anonymous

    this will also put pricing pressure on the plug-in and regular prius, competition is good!

  • Anonymous

    A tax credit is not a rebate. Just like the hybrid tax credits, you have to wait until you file taxes–when the credit is applied against what you owe. Alternative Minimum Tax, if not fixed, could completely wipe out that credit.

  • Scott Z

    The last thing I read on the battery subject was that the whole $200 a month battery lease was a mistake by some publication. The car has a normal lease just like any other. The question is what is the warranty on the battery. I know some people still think the battery is going to die in five years. I have no clue where things like that come from. Perhaps scare tactics from other automakers. My Prius is six years old, my uncle has the original and a friend has the first Insight. No battery issue for any of us I am happy to say. I just hope Nissan offers a 10 year warranty on batteries just to squash the nay-sayers.

    I am still shock a company like Nissan has release an all electric car. Just think about how much money we can save in car maintained alone!!! No oil, no oil filter. No transmission, no transmission fluid and just like my Prius brakes that seem to last forever thanks to regenative breaking. Now if only I could afford a Tesla.

  • Mr. Fusion

    9691: I agree. We’ll be telling our grandkids how we used to put dinosaurs in our cars to make them go, how loud cars used to be and how we used to have to warm them up!

    Very cool!
    $3 to fill up!

    Does it come in any other color?
    Does it fold up into a suitcase?

  • Max Reid

    Finally the Electric car has arrived. A proper 5-door 5-seater car with 100 mile range for 33K is affordable for many who many 60-70 miles / day as they spend a lot of money on gas.

    This will also force Toyota to launch Prius-I the base model at an affordable price. Please note that Leaf has both fast and slow charger. So if you drive to someone place 100 miles away and if there is a charger around there, you can make use of it.

    After all 95 % of the trips we make in a year is < 100 miles.

    Many people who can stretch a lit bit will buy this car. Nissan has done a great job.

  • Max Reid

    Louise. Just say whether you believe in Electric Vehicles or not.

    If yes – you are in our club.

  • DC

    /q -Nissan decided not to lease the battery seperately in the US.

    What exactly is this supposed to mean? They drop the bogus “battery lease” for Americans, but prosepective leaf-owners in the rest of world will have to pay it?

  • Audio

    You likely need to wait until tax time to get the money back, but just figure out how much you have being currently withheld in Federal Income tax on a paycheck by paycheck basis. Then go into payroll and change your withholding to exempt for the required number of periods until you reach $7500. You should get it back in less than 6 months assuming you earn about $30,000 annually. It willl be faster if you earn more and slower if you earn less. Just remember to swith back your withholding after the requisite number of payroll periods or you will end up owing.

  • Audio

    Oh, and I just noticed it will be available in December 2010. So if you purchase in December you get the credit back right away, well as soon as the W-2s arrive and assuming you prepare and file your tax return right away. W-2s I think have to come out by Jan 15. Assuming 2 weeks to process the return you are looking at one month to get your fat refund check. Too bad they aren’t delivering in November.

    The $99 fee for joining the wait list would be a good investment in terms of getting your reund back sooner. Otherwise you need to follow the advice of my last post and have it trickle back to you.

  • John K.

    The Nissan Leaf is a perfect example of why my reaction to Honda’s announcement that they will replace NiMH batteries w/Li ion ones in their IMA hybrids in 2.5yrs was “Whoopie Doo.”

    This car is solely EV w/enough Li ion for 100 miles and is being released in less than 9 months! Honda is moving waaay too slowly.

    But a reality check is in order too: total EV sales will be a drop in the bucket of overall car sales in the USA for many, many years, barring a disruptive technological breakthrough (e.g., EEStor ultracap).

  • Small black weeener

    Now all Nissan needs is a better looking car, and id buy one. This thing is U.G.L.Y.

  • AP

    Great. Another product that can’t support itself without my tax dollars supporting it.

  • Chewie

    Nissan’s website says this car is “zero emission” http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/index.jsp.

    When do they plan to stop lying?

    I support electric cars, but this is straight up lying to people. We’re not generating our energy entirely from wind and solar. More like COAL, GAS and NUCLEAR.

    Environmentally speaking, the impact of a car has to be judged by its entire life cycle, including the impacts of making it and disposing of it. Also, in the phase where the car is actually used, a broad array of environmental, social, and economic impacts need to be considered.

    This car may be powered by electricity, but it still fuels sprawl.

  • Mr. Fusion

    So… what’s your solution, Chewie?

  • Chewie

    My solution is to support cars like the Leaf, but to recognize that there are a lot of problems they won’t solve by themselves.

    I’m a fan of building neighborhoods that support a variety of modes of transportation, from cars, to walking, biking and transit.

    We need new road designs that reduce fatalities and make things easier on bikes and pedestrians. We need to think about compact building design and mixed land uses to promote walkability, and we need to green our electricity so that cars like the Leaf really do come closer to zero emission.

  • Anonymous

    AP, i believe that is true for many things, including interstate highway, which eventually pays for itself over time. i think EV tech is in fragile infancy stage such that it needs that extra support. one can argue ICE and oil went through the same process, why not EVs?

  • 4r4nd0mninj4

    I would like to see a national rail system setup so you could drive your electric car onto a rail car, and just ride to the next city in comfort. It would take care of that extra long range issue while reducing high speed accidents due to driver fatigue. I’m pretty sure I saw it in a movie once and it looked like a good idea.

  • Weehawken Nissan oil change

    Hey!! i am now confused. I have read from some source that Nissan Leaf is in its actual price $25,800 and here you have mentioned a different price. Can you make me sure about my confusion.

  • ex-EV1 driver

    I got an email from Nissan saying that the early hand raisers will be able to plunk down $99 deposit for a Leaf starting at 1:00 pm EST on 4/20/10. The games are beginning. Is there a market for these things? For those who don’t believe that Tesla’s experience is valid, we’ll see tomorrow.

  • GreenMotor

    The US version of the Nissan Leaf looks cheap, now that the European prices have been announced. In the UK, for example, the Leaf will cost more *after* government subsidies than the US version will cost *before* the tax rebate.

    See http://www.greenmotor.co.uk/2010/05/special-relationship-between-us-and-uk.html for further details.

  • Stacey

    I am so excited that you are able to do this through payroll. I’ll be contacting my payroll processing department immediately. It shouldn’t take that long to reach $7500. Thanks for the tip.

  • Sam Awsen

    Some U.S. drivers report that they are being left stranded by the Nissan Leaf’s undependable range. wish to try by myself!

  • Sam Awsen

    On the TV-show which was dedicated to this brend of cars on Bytesland SE some U.S. drivers report that they are being left stranded by the Nissan Leaf’s undependable range. wish to try by myself!

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    Dear Federal Government, please stop throwing away my tax dollars subsidizing cars that American’s don’t really want to buy and start paying off the national debt before this country goes bankrupt.
    Thanks
    gary corbett

  • gary corbett

    Dear Federal Government, please stop throwing away my tax dollars subsidizing cars that American’s don’t really want to buy and start paying off the national debt before this country goes bankrupt.
    Thanks
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