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Electric vehicles the Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit EV to languish on dealership lots for A pricing war with aggressive and cheap lease deals has all that.

Last year, sold about half the of Leafs it had anticipated. marking two in a row of disappointing sales for the electric car One of the factors holding the Leaf from appealing to the masses has the upfront price premium have had to pay for the cars, when with similar vehicles run on plain old gas.

But in early Nissan tried to cut the knees out this part of the anti-EV The automaker dropped base on the Leaf by $6,400 for the new model, the idea of buying an electric car for $19,000 a reality, when and federal incentives are factored in. And lease deals, tax credits, and gas are considered in the equation, word has this spring that it s possible to drive an EV for next to .

Nissan s EV competitors have with compelling deals of own, including $199-per-month specials for the Chevy Spark EV and 500e. Mitsubishi and Toyota also dropped prices for EV models. As CNET pointed the Honda Fit EV might be the best of all: a three-year lease for per month, with no money unlimited miles, a 240-EV charging station, and auto included.

Honda s previous deal was $389 per month. a point that failed to get excited.

But within days of Honda the special lease price by in early June, dealerships in were sold out and customers had to to get on the waiting list for more, per the Los Times :

It s incredible, especially we haven t had any foot traffic or in the car in six months, said Jeff sales manager at Honda of Monica. I m not even sure we ll enough cars for the people on the list.

Last week, issued an apology for not having Fit EVs and promised more were on the We recognize that some have experienced frustration as attempt to locate dealers available Fit EVs, reads a from Steve Center, s environmental business development president. We sincerely apologize for – though it should be only a inconvenience. The good news is more Fit EV s are on their way to dealer

Low-price deals have given the Nissan Leaf a this year, tripling of the vehicle in the first five of 2013, compared to the same last year. Meanwhile, of the Chevy Volt—the gas plug-in that doubled the Leaf in in 2012—have been fairly thus far in 2013. Unsurprisingly, week Chevrolet entered the electric car price wars a $5,000 cash back .

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Naturally, all of these deals help automakers sell cars. But are these aggressive good for business? At this stage of the EV marketplace, automakers be to focused on getting consumers to these cars.

Dropping prices in such fashion will certainly up interest. What s unclear, is the extent to which the automakers want to sell large of these vehicles at cut-rate Earlier this year, CEO said that his company, owns Fiat, will roughly $10,000 for each 500e sold, according to the Press .

While Honda that more Fit EVs are on the way, the doesn t seem particularly in selling the vehicle by the tens of yet anyway. For the time being, is sticking with a plan to (or rather, lease, because re not selling the vehicles outright) a of just 1,100 Fit EVs in the U.S. As the LA put it, there is little financial to increase production on the Fit EV because loses money on each of the it builds.

The goal, it seems, is to drive up in EVs with price breaks and supply—and then hope interest remains high when automakers raise down the line. Hopefully, vehicles will soon see in driving range in the near most can be driven only for 75 to 80 miles before they a recharge which would them more practical and boost interest further.

all of the lease deals and price is obviously intended to woo potential new one Automotive News columnist that all of the recent wheeling and may wind up inadvertently angering the adopters who believed in the technology and may now feel foolish for paying top

If I bought, say, a Nissan it’s bad enough that my resale value is much than that of a hybrid. But if I full price for it in February, it was discounted 18 percent, I’m feeling And I’m feeling that I have played.

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