nissan-leaf-concreteStart your engines — your electric engines that is.

Nissan has just anounced that it will sell the all-electric LEAF in the U.S. for $32,780. A Federal Tax Credit of $7,500, which, in theory the first 200,000 LEAFs sold should qualify for, brings that price to a very affordable $25,280, or essentially the same price as a 2010 mid-line Honda Accord.

Only, in contrast to the Accord, the LEAF won’t use any gasoline, just electricity, which, on a per mile basis is considerably cheaper than gas.

And if you solar-charge the LEAF with a home solar system that’s already been paid off, you’ll be filling up your car for free.

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In other words, as SolarChargedDriving.Com has noted in other stories, you’ll be saving a lot of money — and doing the right thing for the environment.

Nissan has been promising for awhile that it would deliver what it has sometimes termed “the world’s first affordable electric car”. And, it would seem it has delivered.

There is also a lease option of $349 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at the signing of the lease.

Now — especially with the post-tax credit price putting the LEAF in the mid-20,000 dollar range — the biggest issue for those who want a LEAF might well be getting their hands on one.

The LEAF will be available in December 2010 in a few select West Coast and East Coast markets. Nissan says it will offer the LEAF more widely in the U.S. in 2011.

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