Nissan leaf

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For several years, car manufacturers struggled to produce an electric vehicle (EV) that rivals the range and quality of the Tesla models. Finally, with the 2018 version of the Leaf, Nissan has produced something that comes close — and at only a fraction of the price.

How much does the Nissan Leaf cost?

The base model of the Nissan Leaf, the Version S, costs $29,990. But after claiming the federal ITC for EVs, the actual price most people pay is only $22,490. This is cheaper than most new petrol cars, and best of all, it doesn’t pollute the environment.

What is the federal ITC?

The federal ITC or federal Investment Tax Credit is an incentive to reduce the price of electric cars. For the Nissan Leaf, the tax credit you’re eligible for is $7,500. Of course, you must pay federal income taxes to be eligible for this incentive. Put simply; it’s $7,500 less you need to pay the next time you file your taxes.

How much does it cost to charge the Nissan Leaf?

Compared to what you’d otherwise spend on gas, you’ll save a fortune. The average cost of electricity in the US is $0.12/kWh. This means it costs only $4.80 to recharge your Nissan Leaf to the full 150-mile range.

What is the Nissan Leaf charge time?

It takes about 7.5 hours for a full charge. That means you get, on average, 22 miles of range for each hour of charging. But this is assuming you purchase the 240V charger and quick charge port for an additional cost of $1,500.

With the standard 120V charger, charging takes a fair bit longer–upto 20 hours to charge from completely flat.

Nissan offers 3 different types of chargers:

Level/Charger Type

Charge after 30 minutes

Time to full charge

120V standard

3.8% - 5 miles

20 hours

240V / 120V ($1,500 extra) custom home installation/public stations only

7.33% - 11 miles

7.5 hours

(Public charge stations only) 480V

60% - 90 miles

50 minutes approx.

Should I buy a Nissan Leaf?

For a final price of only $22,490, the Nissan Leaf is an excellent choice. Of course, you have to bear in mind that it is only designed for city and suburban living. Its 150-mile battery makes any road trip or extended distances difficult

A Tesla will offer far superior quality and range, but whether or not you can or want to spend that much is up to you.


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Can I charge my electric car with solar?

Of course you can! A solar system is an excellent way to offset your increased electric bills. With most states offering net metering, solar owners can wipe out all or most of their power bill from day one!

How much does solar cost?

Solar systems with good quality components cost around $3.00/watt. This puts an average solar system at $18,000. This is rarely the amount you will actually pay as incentives bring the price down substantially. For a free estimate on how much your solar system will cost with local incentives enter your zip code below.

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