Trying to figure the true cost of owning a Nissan Leaf with its all-electric drivetrain can be somewhat of a “math challenge.” Edmunds ties to break it down.
First you’ll look at the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s $32,780 MRSP. Then you’ll consider the impact of the $7,000 federal subsidy, which brings the cost down to $25,280. And then there’s the $2,200 cost of installing a home charging dock. You’ll consider whether the car’s 100-mile cruising range is enough for you (it’ll probably decline a bit if the weather is either too hot or cold), and whether this will be your only car, a second car or perhaps a third car. And finally you’ll consider the low cost of a “fill up” (less than $3) and the negligible maintenance costs (aside from battery replacement, of course).
And don’t forget state rebates (as high as $5000) must also be added (or subtracted) to the equation. Believe it or not things have actually gotten simpler since Nissan has given up on its original plan to sell the car while leasing the battery. But you can take your time figuring it all out as the Leaf’s entire 2010 production run has already been spoken for.