With Leaf a new electric car Nissan plugs affordability

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With Leaf, a new electric Nissan plugs affordability

a small number of electric have been traveling roads for years, their cost has kept manufacturers making them for a mainstream and the relative affordability of the Leaf some industry observers.

The will sell for $32,780, consumers paying $25,280 a $7,500 federal tax credit is The cars will become in December on the West Coast and year in the rest of the country.

The is the first affordable, zero-emission for the mass market, said Carolin, a senior vice for Nissan North America.

the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to put 1 plug-in vehicles on the road by and whether he succeeds depends in on whether cars such as the or the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt General Motors. are priced low to be quickly embraced by consumers.

Federal efforts

Congress and the administration have committed to nurturing the development of a mass-market car, citing the goal of pollution and the nation’s dependence on oil.

The government efforts benefit Nissan in at least two

The United States has loaned billion to the company so that it can its Tennessee plant to manufacture the beginning in 2012. Until they will be built in

More immediately, the federal is offering the $7,500 tax credit to the cost of the new technology for consumers. had estimated that an electric car cost $10,000 to $15,000 than its conventional equivalent.

I wanted a consumer incentive enough to put a big dent in that cost but not enough to turn it a government boondoggle, said Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who the tax-credit legislation along Sens. Maria Cantwell and Obama.

Being solely on one type of energy exposes our to risk.

Whether electric will appeal to drivers an open question. Although the is priced lower than had expected, it is still thousands of more than comparably cars such as the Honda or the Ford Focus.

There to be a small premium for the Leaf after the federal tax credit, Philip Reed, senior advice editor for the automotive Web Edmunds.com. But he noted that in where the state offers an $5,000 tax credit, the Leaf may be expensive.

Pluses and minuses

The practical of battery-powered cars also advantages and disadvantages. The Leaf can go 100 on a single charge, far less the range of a conventional gasoline-powered And when the charge is depleted, are few places to plug in and recharge home, at least for now.

The of electric charging are similarly Drivers intending daily use of the are encouraged to buy a home docking that allows the car to be recharged quickly — in about hours from empty. The of the docking station, including is expected to average about and a federal tax credit is expected to half of that expense.

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Although that may strike consumers as too expensive an undertaking, it avert the need to ever the filling station. Moreover, the of powering the Leaf is roughly that of gassing up a conventional according to Nissan, based on $3 a for gas and 11 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity.

on the price and what we’ve of the product, Nissan is on track to the first of what may be a real of electric cars, said M. DeCicco, a lecturer at the University of and former senior fellow at the Defense Fund. But it may be a long wave. We’re at the beginning of a curve.

Skeptics, moreover, that hybrid cars, they were introduced to the States more than 10 ago, still represent than 3 percent of the cars and trucks sold each

Enthusiasts and some environmentalists, say that the Leaf will tap a vast, pent-up demand for cars, especially among seeking to pollute less.

For the couple of years, every built will be spoken for it ever gets to a dealership, Dan Davids, president of Plug In a group that has pressed to make electric cars.

is planning to produce relatively volumes for the United States at The company expects to have firm customer orders in the States by December.

It will be unable to fulfill more than that until the plant expansion is completed in but after that Nissan hope for a rapid increase in

Even before the price Tuesday, the company said it had expressions of interest from people.

Today, most of people are driving hybrids, Mark Perry, director of planning and advanced technology at North America. They looking for a zero-emissions solution, but wasn’t one.


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