Although Tesla is the biggest name when it comes to full-electric vehicles, EVs are still not as affordable. That's why a nonprofit organization, Wisconsin Clean Cities, is set change just that, as they are paving the way for the 2016 and 2017 Nissan LEAF models to be more affordable to consumers.
The Tesla Model 3 is priced at $35,000. But in order to get one, you'd have to wait for a while. So, to get consumers to buy EVs at a much affordable price, Wisconsin Clean Cities is offering a massive discount, slashing a total of $17,500 from the 2016 and 2017 Nissan LEAF models' original prices.
"Wisconsin Clean Cities is thrilled to build on the successes of the two previous REV UP WISCONSIN cycles to allow for expanded use of electric vehicles in the state at a reduced price to consumers," according to their press release. "When you are able to combine cost savings with emissions reductions and cleaner air, everyone wins."
The REV UP WISCONSIN in partnership with Wisconsin Clean Cities, Alliant Energy, Nissan, Madison Gas & Electric, We Energies, Minnesota Power, Wisconsin Public Service, and Xcel Energy is offered to benefit everybody. Thus, their $10,000 group buy discount for consumers, including participating utility company employees, plus $7500 federal tax credit allows a combined total of savings of $17,500 for every 2016 and 2017 Nissan LEAF model.
Also, this third phase has been extended until June 30 for Wisconsin utility customers. Now, for buyers to get the discount, they need to bring a copy of their electric bill and a code corresponding to the utility to participating Nissan dealers.
These participating and certified Nissan dealers include Gandrud Nissan in Green Bay, Bergstrom Nissan in Appleton and Oshkosh, Rosen Nissan in Milwaukee and Madison, Russ Darrow Nissan in Milwaukee, Zimbrick Nissan in Madison, Boucher Nissan in Waukesha, Gordie Boucher Nissan Greenfield, Pischke Motors Nissan in La Crosse, John Amato Nissan in Milwaukee, Eau Claire Nissan, and Stevens Point Nissan.
So, if ever consumers decide to get one 2016 or 2017 Nissan LEAF model, they should know that this EV is equipped with a 30/kWh battery pack that is good for a range of around 107 miles on a single charge. This battery pack is standard on all trim levels of the LEAF.
The 2017 Nissan LEAF has an 80-kilowatt electric motor or 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. It has an EPA rating of 112 MPGe combined.
A full charge takes about 7 hours from a 240-volt level 2 AC source with the 3.6-kW charger, but it only takes around 6 hours with the 6.6-kW charger, which is optional.
The incentives offered by organizations like Wisconsin Clean Cities contribute to the growing number of electric vehicle users. And hopefully, others will follow in the future and would allow for EVs like the Nissan LEAF to be more budget-friendly.