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Commented On: Tesla Model S Electric-Car Deliveries For Q1: 4,750-Plus, Says Company


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If the base Tesla is now $10K more than promised once the 40Kwh preorders are filled, THAT's absurd. The Model S will just be a niche within a niche. If they sell the hobbled 60Kwh model for the 40Kwh price for orders taken from today forward for the original 40Kwh price, then great(except for the extra weight).

Commented On: Tesla Model S Electric-Car Deliveries For Q1: 4,750-Plus, Says Company


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I hope dropping the 40Kwh version is an April Fool's joke. This means that after the pre-orders are filled with hobbled 60Kwh versions, the Model S will cost $10K more than expected. Carrying around the extra weight is very inefficient and the opposite of what a green focused car is supposed to be. No 40Kwh model makes for a higher barrier to entry for EV's. Luckily the Nissan Leaf is going down in price, not up.

Commented On: Nissan CEO On Leaf Sales: Take The Long View, It Will Happen


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"TrueCar estimates the price of a typical car or light truck reached a record high of $30,748 in March, up nearly $2,000, or 7%, from a year earlier."

Makes a $37-40K EV seem like a bargain considering the cost of gas and the lower maintenance. $50 per month in electricity should keep an EV going just fine.

Commented On: Nissan CEO On Leaf Sales: Take The Long View, It Will Happen


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There is a good, or at least real reason why the Leaf, Focus, iMiev, Tesla S cost what they do--the battery pack. These Li-Ion packs cost over $10K, significantly more for Teslas. It all comes down to volume, ICE vehicles are made in huge quantities so economy of scale is built in. EV's have battery packs that are still very expensive, they will go down with tech advances AND sales volume.

Also, a Leaf has features not found in most $15K cars; rear camera, GPS, sat radio, steering wheel control of Bluetooth connectivity, CarWings communication and ride quality and drive train smoothness in a different league.

If I had waited 5 years to buy an EV, I would have lost $12.5K in government incentives and spent a minimum of $10K on gas.

Commented On: Nissan CEO On Leaf Sales: Take The Long View, It Will Happen


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When comparing an EV to an ICE, the cost of fuel and maintenance should be included. Over the 8 year warranty term of a Leaf, an ICE owner would burn around $16,000-$20,000. Maintenance costs would be higher as well with an ICE.

So, the question is what would the cost of a battery pack replacement be in eight years? Most likely around $6,000 or so. That means EV prices of today should have at least $10,000 deducted from their true cost of ownership vs. ICE cars. This assumes gas doesn't go beyond $4.00 a gallon in the next 8 years. It will.

Commented On: Drive Report: Electric-Car Neophyte Uses 2011 Nissan Leaf For A Week


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Exactly, low $20K range is reachable for many people, that's why we bought a Leaf, California gave us a $5000 rebate, the FEDs a $7500 tax deduction. That made the cost $23,300.

Over 10,000 miles later, we pay nothing for fuel due to solar.

Now, take 8 years of gas costs, say $2000 per year, that's $16,000 that has to be added to the cost of a $23,000 gas car, plus higher maintenance, that $23,000 car is really a $40 something thousand dollar car.

Yes, the Leaf will need new batteries in about 10 years, and hopefully battery costs will have dropped a huge amount, maybe under $5K for a new pack and higher range, so we're still way ahead of the gas car, and the electric engine will just go and go and go......

Commented On: Nissan Announces Voluntary Service Campaign For 2011/12 Leaf


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Nissan, please replace the "Guessometer" with a state of charge numerical display in percentages. That is the most useful way of knowing what battery capacity/range really is.

Commented On: Nissan Leaf Electric Car Relegates Gas Cars To The Garage, Nissan Says


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Our Leaf has close to 8,000 miles since delivery in late April. Our gas car sits in the garage day after day, getting used no more than once per month, normally.

There is no reason why an EV can't be a primary family car for most people.

Commented On: One Year, One Talk-Show Host, 11,000 Miles, And No Gasoline


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Thank you Jay for helping to prove that full EV's work just fine--there's little reason to drag an engine around while commuting!

Commented On: 2011 Nissan Leaf: Free Recharging At Dealers, Except When They Balk


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@tlushnia Nissan Leaf was designed for the majority of commutes in this country, with twice the EV range of a Chevy Volt, which at 40 miles, is adequate for most commuters as well. With the continuing roll out of L2 chargers and hopefully L3 chargers, there is no reason why the author shouldn't be able to accomplish the round trip distance he sought to achieve--it should become more and more doable, even if not as reliable currently as home charging.
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