Nissan has announced some pretty lofty goals, including being the largest manufacturer in the US for electric cars. The model to make it happen is the 2010 Nissan Leaf, an electric car marvel. Nissan expects to receive 20,000 orders of the battery powered Leaf by the time it hits the show rooms next year. I don’t see how.
First of all, you are buying a very limited range vehicle, for around $30,000. Personally, for that kind of money, I’d like to be able to drive wherever, whenever I want. I don’t want to wait around for a charge or risk not being able to find a suitable charging station while I’m out and about. But of course, I’m not the target audience, those living in the big cities that don’t have to worry about rural commutes.
Next, consider the Nissan dealership just might be pushing a $150 per month battery lease option. Meaning, you buy the car, but lease the battery that powers the car. This is done to help alleviate the concern of replacing a battery in the coming years, if there were a problem, or they don’t have the shelf life they are counting on.
Too many if’s and’s or’s and but’s for me. However, I wish them all the luck and the more competition Toyota has, the better it is for the consumers. Check out the Nissan Leaf pics below.