You Won’t Believe How Much The Nissan Leaf Electric Car Will Save You

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  1. TriShield

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    By Bertel Schmitt on April 6, 2010

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    When the all-electric Nissan Leaf will be available in Japan in December, buyers will be faced with a tough decision: Should I buy a Nissan Leaf for $40,000, and deal with range anxiety, or should I go with the $26,000 gasoline equivalent?

    To which Nissan will answer: “The Leaf, of course. It will save you huge amounts of money.” How much? Are you sitting down?
    After six years of Leaf ownership, you will have saved $361. That’s right. Threehundredsixtyone dollars.


    What do you think the answer of the average Japanese buyer will be?

    You guessed it right: “Hanashi ni naranai?” Why bother?

    Come on, guys, “the price is reasonable if various factors, including running costs, are taken into account,” COO Toshiyuki Shiga told reporters at the Leaf’s unveiling in Yokohama.

    You would have to shell out 3.76m yen, wait a few months to get 770,000 yen back in government subsidies, drive the car for six years at 1000km a month, hope the utility company will not raise electrical prices more than gas prices go up. Finally, the investment will put you ahead by 34,000 yen, or unbeleafable $361. If everything goes as expected. (And ignoring the fact that no self-respecting Japanese holds on to a car for six years. Before the first shaken rolls around after three years, they usually get a new one,)

    $361 in six years, exhilarating ROI, ne?

    You don’t think that’s appetizing?

    Come on, nobody can do better than Nissan, they are the low cost producer in the game.

    The Nikkei [sub] reports that “Nissan Motor will be taking an aggressive pricing stance on its Leaf five-seater electric vehicle slated to debut in December, backed by confidence in its ability to develop low-cost lithium ion batteries.”

    According to The Nikkei, “Nissan has an edge over rivals in developing low-cost batteries, a key component that accounts for nearly half of the sales price. It costs the automaker about 1.54 million yen to produce a Leaf, compared with 2.28 million yen for Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s i-MiEV electric car.”

    If that’s the case, kiss the i-MiEV sayonara. And the Leaf? It will appeal to the huge market that aims to save $361 over six years.

    http://e.nikkei.com/e/ac/tnks/Nni20100406D06HH317.htm
     
  2. Shiva Chaos

    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    i'm going to buy an electric car just to watch the dials on my electricity meter at my house spin like fans.
     
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    It only works for the right person just like a hybrid currently, you have to log lots of miles. Prius has saved me well over that.
     
  4. Shiva Chaos

    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    lots of miles
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    with stop and go traffic.
     
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    unbeLEAFable :rofl:

    Give that man a promotion!
     
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    Wouldn't drive that ugly POS even if it saved me thousands a year.
     
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    and lost your mancard
     
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    You could buy an old Honda and get over 40mpg, why would someone spend $40k to be economical :rofl:
     
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    there really isn't a douchier comment than this
     
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    that dude with the broken meter in the other thread should buy one
     
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    no hydrogen no care.
     
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    This is why you show your math.
     
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    dammit i already put my deposit down on a 3 year lease :wtc:
     
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    And where does this hydrogen come from? Electricity!
     
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    I've been saying the same thing for a while now, its simple math to determine these cars will take 10+ years to see any payback at all and thats assuming nothing breaks
     
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    How so?
     
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    my buddy works at a coal mine, he wants to buy an electric car, park it beside the big diesel trucks that plug in for their block heaters and charge his car everyday :rofl:

    he can also buy coal at cost by the ton, i told him to buy it, run a turbine in his yard and get free electric :bowdown:
     
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    i would buy a ton or 2 can just store it incase of the apocalypse
     
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    It's in Japan, why should I give a fuck?
     
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    Would be nice if gas stations did 5-minute battery swaps. Otherwise, blah.
     
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    How much does the Chevy Volt save me since you haven't ever posted an article about that POS's cost savings?
     

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