Under the right circumstances, some people will be buying a 2011 Nissan Leaf for as little as $12,280. That’s right, it’s possible to get enough rebates on a Leaf to bring its starting base price of $32,780 down to less than $13K. Here’s how it works.
First off, there’s the $7,500 federal tax credit. That’s the biggest and most obvious credit. Then there’s another $5,000 for anyone living in the state of California due to its Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
The next step gets quirte specific as it’s only available to eight counties in California: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and parts of Kern. Anyone living in these places can apply for a $3,000 rebate for buying an electric car like the Nissan Leaf. At this point, the purchase price of a new Leaf is $17,820. The final piece of the puzzle depends on where the buyer works as many well-to-do companies offer green incentive car buying programs for their employees. For example Sony Pictures Entertainment and Google both offer employees $5,000 off a vehicle like the Nissan Leaf.