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Way back in the distant past, maybe as way back as the last 12 months, prices for electric cars appeared so excessive that they might have been only for wealthy people.


Or technologically savvy first adopters. Or both.

Strangely, that is not the case. Electrical car costs have dropped. Within the case of the Nissan Leaf, the decline has been precipitous. As in ka-boom. In keeping with the link, the base model is $21,300 with an asterisk that says “net worth after federal tax financial savings.”

That federal tax financial savings may very well be as much as $7,500, depending on what model is purchased. Still, not bad.

J.Q. The public makes a call.

I first heard of this by way of a caller I will dub Nathan. His was a random inquiry to the front desk on the San Joaquin Valley Air Air pollution Management District where I work as a grants processor. Usually, these I speak with a wish to find out about grants to switch heavy-duty semi-trucks, the bread and butter of the Incentives Division on the Air District in Fresno, Calif.

However, Nathan had something else on his thoughts.

“Do you still have the grant for electric cars?” he asked. I did not know anything about this system. However, knowing about these things is my job. So I came upon. It seems the District has a Drive Clear rebate program that provides up to $3,000 reimbursement. Hardly insignificant.

After all, the car must be on the list. The Leaf is. So are others, together with the Honda Accord plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt with low emissions package, and many others. Some are quite obscure. Spoiler is the applicant must live within the San Joaquin Valley, a sometimes sizzling region defined because of Kern’s southern borders to the northern borders of San Joaquin counties.


Whether buying electrical is a viable choice depends upon the individual and car. Nathan went over his personal options with me. This is something I’ve to become familiar with in the past 12 months as truckers needing to satisfy California Air Resources Board emissions compliance dates do it all the time. Massive query they have to ask themselves: Can I afford this?

After speaking with Nathan, he got me believing that he indeed may. It was to be his second car. His wife has a fairly good economical ride, and this can be his work commuter. The Leaf was what he had his eye on. I mentioned the look of the car. I discover it lower than interesting. He said he is alright with it.

In addition to the Drive Clean grant, the Heart for Sustainable Vitality provides one other supply of funds. It is a state grant using the ARB and maybe as a lot as $2,500. The extent depends upon the car. As an example, the RAV4 EV from Toyota will get the maximum amount.


The pricing page of the Nissan Leaf brings me complete as much as $29,650. However, add within the tax savings and different grants, which might drive down the value by $12,000. Perhaps. I am not going to test the idea essentially.

Still, that is a fairly good deal for a car that does not want $50 in gas each week or a half. That is what I now pay to maintain my Passat on the road. Nicely, that and plenty of upkeep prices. I purchased new eco-friendly tires for $600 or one thing like that.

Granted, one other electrical automotive can be costlier. The Tesla Mannequin S, for example, has a base worth of $62,400. However, that is a luxurious machine, a sizzling wanting automotive that I have been pining over for the previous several years. After all, I would need the intense version, the performance package deal for $87,400.

Electric cars aren’t for everyone. However, the prices do seem like dipping considerably. Maybe that can entice more people to take the plunge.



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