Nissan Leaf Available for Order, Prices from 3.76M Yen

Japanese carmaker Nissan announced today the pre-order availability of the first electric vehicle for the masses, the Leaf. The EV will be available for order in Japan starting this April, with prices to start at 2.99 million yen ($32,354), after government incentives.

The tricky part is, however, there's no way of telling whether current government incentives in Japan (770,000-yen government incentive credit) will continue through fiscal year 2010. If not, the Leaf will be sold starting at 3.76 million yen ($40,686), a not so encouraging price anymore, despite the claimed reduction of ownership cost for six years of some $6,384...

"While a car in a similar class emits around 10 tons of CO2 in the course of six years, Nissan LEAF produces zero emissions while driving," Takao Katagiri, Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing in Japan said. "Nissan LEAF is an attractive, affordable EV that will introduce a new way of mobility for our customers."

The Nissan can be ordered including through Nissan Auto Loan, with "only" (!) 2.4 million yen as a down-payment ($25,970), followed by a monthly fee of 10,000 yen ($108).

Although the opener of a new era, it will be interesting to see whether the Leaf will be a hit, given its steep price. Nissan itself has set its target somewhat low in Japan, with only 6,000 units aimed to be sold in the fiscal year 2010.

Soon, Nissan will announce pre-order process and pricing for its other markets.
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