By George Straton
Nissan has announced a base price of $32,780 for its 2011 LEAF plug-in EV. With available tax credits of $7500, assuming the buyer owes more than $7500 in annual income tax, that drops the price to a rather palatable price of $25,280. State income tax credits, which vary, can further lower the final realized price. Nissan expects monthly leasing plans to start at $349, less any available income tax incentives.
The Leaf SV model – taking its trim line name from the Nissan Maxima – will include an advanced navigation system and Internet/smart phone connectivity to the vehicle, which enables pre-heat/pre-cool and charging control and LED headlamps, in addition to Bluetooth, Intelligent Key functionality. Safety amenities feature six airbags, VDC, and traction control. The SL trim level at $940 will notably add a solar panel spoiler reduce battery draw for the pre-heat/ pre-cool system.