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USA: Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt Retain 90-95% of Their Value After 1 Year

Slow-Depreciating Assets
I remember when the second-generation Toyota Prius got really popular, probably around 2005-2006. Supply was lower than demand and there were very few used ones on the market, so you if you wanted to sell yours, you could almost get more for it than what a brand new one sold for. Today, it looks like a similar thing is starting to happen with the Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt. They aren’t quite selling like hotcakes yet, probably partly because its still early days for mainstream EVs and PHEVs, partly because the economy isn’t going well and people are pushing back big purchases, and partly because supply and availability are just now ramping up.

© Lloyd Alter

But still, according to the June edition of the NADA Official Used Car Guide:

the average trade-in value for a typically equipped 2011 Leaf SV electric car at $23,975 — 95 percent of its sticker price of $25,280, after the $7,500 federal tax credit available to buyers who purchase the vehicle new.


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