Tomorrow, Nissan will open its preorder process for the Leaf, the automaker's first mass-market electric vehicle. At NissanUSA.com, signing up for Leaf updates grants you a priority reservation spot amid the 115,000 people that Nissan claims have already done so. Reservations will open to the public on May 15.
For early adopters, Nissan will send out reservation instructions via email. Customers will be able to configure their car and, after plopping down a refundable $99 reservation fee, receive a confirmation number and updates on their order.
When the Leaf goes on sale, this December, it will carry an MSRP of $32,780, but Nissan emphasizes it will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit and state tax rebates where applicable. Lease programs begin at $349 a month.
As we've reported, standard features on the base SV trim include navigation, Web/smart phone connectivity for remote charging, Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlamps, keyless entry and ignition, stability control, and XM satellite radio. The SL model -- for an extra $940 -- adds a rearview camera, solar panel spoiler, fog lamps, and automatic headlamps.
One feature not included with these price figures is the cost of purchasing and installing a charger. Nissan is collaborating with AeroVironment to build and install the chargers. According to the manufacturer, the average cost of buying and installing a charger will be $2200, although owners will be able to recoup half the cost (up to $2000) via another federal tax incentive.