Worried about the price tag on a new electric car? It turns out that some dealers in California and Washington may have a nice incentive for you – how does $5000 off a brand new 2012 Nissan Leaf sound?
The 2012 Leaf has a price of $36,050, including destination, for a base Leaf SV; the up-level SL runs $38,100. According to Green Car Reports, two dealerships on the west coast have begun advertising Leaf SL models for sale at $5000 below MSRP on top of the $7500 federal tax rebate and various state-based incentives. With the dealer rebate and government tax credit, a buyer could theoretically snag a fully-loaded Leaf for just $25,600 before any other rebates. That's not the only deal that GCR is seeing, either: a dealer in Washington State is throwing in the cost of a Level 2 home charging station as part of the lease payment for only $50 more per month on top of a 39-month lease.
Nissan had originally set a goal of selling 20,000 Leafs this year; however, the automaker only sold 9674 units last year, and has moved just 3148 in the first half of 2012. This is also in advance of Nissan expanding its Smyrna, Tennessee plant to expand U.S. availability of the electric car. It's also been rumored that the Leaf will see a round of minor upgrades for the 2013 model year, so we wouldn't be surprised if dealers were looking to clear out their current inventory. Interestingly enough, GCR also notes that North Bay Nissan in Petaluma, California is one of the dealerships offering the extra rebates on the Leaf – the same dealership that delivered the very first Leaf in the U.S. back at the end of 2010.
Source: Green Car Reports