18 May '12, 5pm

Would Battery Leasing Ease Sticker Shock On Costly Electric Cars?

"Nissan Leaf starts at $35,200 and a similarly sized Nissan Sentra starts at $16,430, or less than half that"...wrong! There is the $7500 tax credit to consider which cancels out probably at least 3/4 of the Nissan Leaf's battery cost. Since the tax credit is dependent on battery size I doubt a car without a battery would qualify. Maybe the taxcredit could be changed to apply to battery leasing as well, distributed in equal monthly chunks. Wouldn't be a bad idea. A lease scheme could reduce the base price of the Nissan somewhat more (though not dramatically) and would certainly go a long way in soothing fears for ownership of a big ticket item like an EV battery, or what I like to call "battery anxiety".

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1076308_would-battery...

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