Nissan Leaf on Sale in December, Battery Warranty to Match Volt's

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Lithium-ion battery battery packs on Nissan Leafs will be warrantied for 8 years/100,000 miles, Nissan announced today.

What, you didn't think Nissan would let its prime alternative-powertrain competitor have the spotlight to itself today, did you? Earlier this month, Chevrolet announced the Volt would have an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the battery.

More than half the 17,000 reservations for the car are from people in the launch markets of California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Tennessee. In August, Nissan says, those who are still serious about purchasing a Leaf, will be able to place a firm order.

Texas and Hawaii get their Leaf cars in January while North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Alabama must wait until April of next year. If you want a Leaf and your state hasn't been mentioned yet, expect a chance to drive home in a Leaf by the end of 2011.

Nissan has learned a few interesting facts about those who placed a $99 reservation. Three-quarters of the 17,000 people own a single-family home with most of those having an attached garage. That same figure -- 75 percent -- applies to the number of orders for the up-level SL trim that adds a solar panel spoiler, rearview monitor, fog lights, and automatic headlights.

The Leaf carries a substantial pricing advantage over the Volt for customers looking to buy. The Leaf has a $32,780 base price while the Volt starts at $41,000. Leasing levels the playing field. If Nissan offers a lease at around $349 a month, that might just about match Chevrolet's expected $350 a month lease with $2500 down on the Volt.

So the Leaf is less expensive but that Nissan and the Chevrolet Volt go on sale around the end of the year. Which would you choose: Leaf, Volt, or neither?

Source: Nissan

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