Nissan's first mass-produced electric vehicle is coming to the United States in late 2010 — the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Today, Nissan North America made several important announcements about the Leaf:

  • Pricing begins at $25,280 after the $7,500 tax credit
  • A lease option will be available for $349 per month
  • Customer reservations begin April 20, 2010

The 2011 Nissan Leaf will be available in select American markets beginning in December 2010 and then nationwide in early 2011. The vehicle’s MSRP is $32,780, but the all-electric vehicle is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Additionally, some states have additional financial incentives including a $5,000 tax rebate in California, a $5,000 tax credit in Georgia, and a $1,500 tax credit in Oregon.

In order to be eligible to reserve a Nissan Leaf, interested customers must sign up on the website. The reservation process opens on April 20 and customers will need to pay a $99 registration fee; this fee is fully refundable. The Nissan Leaf reservation system will allow the customer to have a virtual place in line when Nissan officially begins taking Leaf orders in August 2010. Customers who partake in the Nissan Leaf reservation process will also be invited to special Leaf events that will be announced as the year progresses.

In addition to announcing pricing and reservations for the Leaf, Nissan also announced details about the personal charging docks. The 220-volt charging docks will run customers about $2,200, installed, but are eligible for a 50 percent federal tax credit up to $2,000. According to Nissan North America, it will cost about $3 to completely charge the Leaf, which has a 100-mile driving range.

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