More thoughts to come on the leaf, so far the experience has been positive except for the disgraceful price.
I don't think the price is disgraceful at all. Expensive and therefor possibly out of reach, but after spending $3billion (yes $3 billion) developing the LEAF, the first model off the line was always going to be costly.
I used to work for a music equipment company. They developed a new technology and the first box they created with it cost $85,000 to buy. Two years later they were giving the technology away in every $900 box they made.
Point is R&D into new whacky ideas makes early products expensive, basically for the foolish and forward thinking like ourselves. I'm happy to be an early adopter. Love it and relish every moment.
In a few years electrics will cost the same or less than petrol, go further and cost very little to run. When that happens I hope we see a quick falloff of fossil fuel burners.
When we do, we'll know it was us who got them through the teething stage and made the whole thing possible.
Last Edit: Feb 8, 2013 20:33:56 GMT 11 by Jim Hare
While I understand Nissan made a major investment developing the Leaf, Nissan Oz did not.
Wikipedia may not be the most reliable source in the world, but check out the global price of leafs (leaves?) converted to $USD. I added the last column to show the premium each country's dealer is adding.
We are paying towards twice the price an American is for the same car.
Don't get me wrong, I love what Nissan's engineers acheive (and vote with my wallet), but the local operation seems to have a real self-destructive streak. I have bought 14 nissans over years, but only 5 of those (Leaf, 350z, 200sx, Navara and 200b) were imported by Nissan Oz, the other 9 I have imported myself from Japan
Sorry Duncan, can't agree. Aus price includes GST, US price is always listed ex-tax. Australia has HUGE import duties, high purchase costs due to a tiny population, and no government assistance.
My Dad was recently here from the US, loved my LEAF so we priced the same one up. Even with government subsidies it was something like $37K by the time he was finished, including a large California rebate.
Here you can now get a LEAF for $45k. This is probably the same price difference as any car between Aus and the US. Actually it's probably less.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2013 9:49:38 GMT 11 by Jim Hare