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You Can Afford an Electric Car

March 31st, 2010 by ed friedrich

That’s what Plug In America said, anyway, in a press release they sent me this week.

It’s about Nissan’s all-electric Leaf. The company recently came out with its pricing. With federal tax credits, the base model plus an installed  home charging station will cost $26,380. But you won’t be able to buy one for a while. First, you already have to be registered. That allows you to make a reservation between April 20 and May 15. They’ll start taking orders at dealerships in August.

Plug In America, a nonprofict organization that works to speed up the shift to plug-in vehicles, says an electric car that costs about the same as a gas one will do just that. They say the Leaf will cost less than the best-selling hybrid Toyota Prius. That’s a bit of a stretch. I looked it up and Priuses range from $22,800 to $28,070.

I can’t afford either one, but it’s not too bad. I wonder how long it would take to make up the difference in gas.

2 Responses to “You Can Afford an Electric Car”

  1. Mark Doss Says:

    I wonder where the electricity to recharge the electric cars will come from? Certainly not from the hydroelectric dams or coal-fired generators, or nuclear power plants that many of the activists for getting rid of gasoline-consumption have gotten quiet about recently.

  2. BlueLight Says:

    Or, you can go even greener (and cheaper) and buy a used car.