Score a 2011 Nissan Leaf for just $12,280? It's possible

How sweet can incentives make the 2011 Nissan Leaf? If you're really lucky and bunch together several rebates and credits, you can drive home this battery powered machine for a mere $12,280. Yep, you read that right. For less than $13,000 you could own one of the world's first mass-produced electric vehicles – provided you meet some very select criteria. Interested in finding out how? Read on.

Disclaimer: there are a bunch of "ifs" and "buts" included in the quest to receive this bargain price, but the important thing is that it's actually possible (as Green Car Reports discovered). Here's how it could go down: Starting with the $32,780 list price of a Leaf base model, slash $7,500 off courtesy of the federal tax credit and get down to $25,280. Now, provided that you live in California, you can also lop another $5,000 off the top under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Simply submit your paperwork to the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Leaf's cost almost magically drops to $20,280. But how do we get from here to $12,280?

From here on out, the incentives get much more specific and will begin to seriously reduce the number of people who can get the EV deal of a lifetime. If you reside in one of the eight counties in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and portions of Kern), then you are eligible to apply for a $3,000 rebate (PDF warning) for purchasing a zero-emissions ride. Okay, so that's $17,280. Here comes the kicker. For this final incentive, you need to work for Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has apparently agreed to offer a $5,000 allowance for purchasing a battery-powered vehicle if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

And there it is – the $12,280 Nissan Leaf, as rare as hen's teeth. Now... who wants to be the first to give it a try?

Is London ready for more congestion?


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced a new Greener Vehicle Discount as part of the revised London Congestion Charge starting in January 2011, what will this mean to the streets of central London?
With the outgoing current Alternative Fuel Discount only applicable to handful of vehicles – mainly hybrid-powered cars, such as the Toyota Prius and Lexus RX 450h, or electric quadracycles such as the Reva G-Wiz – this switch will lead to greater number of make/models that qualify for a 100% discount.

The new Greener Vehicle Discount will be available, for a £10 per year admin charge, on any car that emits 100g/km of CO2 or less and meet the strict Euro 5 standard for air quality. Bad news for the large hybrid SUVs of Porsche and Lexus et al, as well as Honda which sees all three of its hybrid-power cars fail to meet the new standard, (although for current owners there’s no need to panic just yet as their discount will be phased out over the next two years), but potentially great news for any car manufacturer that currently has a car that meets the new Greener Vehicle Discount criteria.

The new Greener Vehicle Discount will be available, for a £10 per year admin charge, on any car that emits 100g/km of CO2 or less and meet the strict Euro 5 standard for air quality. Bad news for the large hybrid SUVs of Porsche and Lexus et al, as well as Honda which sees all three of its hybrid-power cars fail to meet the new standard, (although for current owners there’s no need to panic just yet as their discount will be phased out over the next two years), but potentially great news for any car manufacturer that currently has a car that meets the new Greener Vehicle Discount criteria.

And what a list it currently is:


Make
Model
Type
Derivative
Audi
A3
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 TDI
Citroen
DS3
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 HDi
Citroen
C3
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 HDi
Fiat
500
Petrol Hatchback
0.9 TwinAir
Ford
Fiesta
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 TDCi Econetic
Lexus
CT-200h
Petrol Hybrid Hatchback
1.8 CVT
MINI
Cooper
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 D
MINI
One
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 D
SEAT
Ibiza
Diesel Sport Tourer
1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive
SEAT
Ibiza
Diesel Sport Coupe
1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive
SEAT
Ibiza
Diesel Hatchback
1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive
SEAT
Leon
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 TDI CR Ecomotive
Skoda
Fabia
Diesel Estate
1.2 TDI CR GreenLine II
Skoda
Fabia
Diesel Hatchback
1.2 TDI CR GreenLine II
smart
Fortwo Cabrio
Diesel Cabrio
CDI
smart
Fortwo Coupe
Diesel Coupe
CDI
smart
Fortwo Coupe
Petrol Coupe

smart
Fortwo Cabrio
Petrol Cabrio

Toyota
Prius
Petrol Hybrid Hatchback
1.8 VVTi
Toyota
Auris
Petrol Hybrid Hatchback
1.8 VVTi
Toyota
IQ
Petrol Hatchback
1.0 VVT-i
Vauxhall
Corsa
Diesel Hatchback
1.3 CDTi ecoFlex
Volkswagen
Polo
Diesel Hatchback
1.2 TDI Bluemotion
Volkswagen
Golf
Diesel Hatchback
1.6 TDi 105 BlueMotion
Volvo
C30
Diesel Sport Coupe
DRIVe
Volvo
S40
Diesel Saloon
DRIVe
Volvo
V50
Diesel Sportwagon
DRIVe

While the switch can be seen in a positive environmental light, the fact remains that the London Congestion Charge is there to control and reduce the amount of cars in the capital’s busy central districts. No doubt greater consumer choice, but will this move result in more traffic? Only time will tell.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

Electric cars: Sixt enters

Sixt plans to buy 1,000 electric cars from German electric cars to enter the leasing business, with power to enter. Later, electric vehicles are available in the hiring, reports the "Business Week

In the selection of vehicles decided Sixt not the product of a car manufacturer, but North Hesse for a car supplier. To build a nationwide leasing offer electric cars buys the Sixt Leasing, subsidiary of the Munich-based car rental company Sixt, according to information from the Economic Journal in the next two years, 975 electric cars of the type Stromos.

The vehicle was developed by automotive supplier Fräger and built by its German sister company E-Cars. By the end of the year could be delivered to the first Stromos Sixt. As an entry into the electric car business plans Sixt offer a lease primarily for businesses and municipalities. Later, electric vehicles are also part of the fleet car fleet.

Experience with the rental of electric cars collects Sixt currently using a converted Fiat 500 The Stromos Although based on the Suzuki Splash, but should your car just outside and in the same security features as the conventional model.

The drive train with brake energy regeneration and lithium-ion batteries developed by Fräger new. The maximum speed of five-door model is specified at 120 km / h with a battery charge, he should have a radius of at least 100 kilometers.

Fräger offers Stromos at the net price of 35.000, - Euro. The currently running in test Fiat 500 is more than 49.000, - € expensive. Dirk ASK, leader of the group can Fräger, opposite the magazine no doubt, still making money with his Stromos.

"As a medium we could not afford to set on it." With the vehicle he proves that "you can now build in Germany already a fully electric car for everyday use at a reasonable price"

Honda Jazz a hybrid, like the Civic, Insight and CR-Z


Honda chose the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris to present the new Jazz and confirm its commitment to gas-electric hybrid technology. With this new version, this is drive system available for the first time ever on a vehicle segment B. The electric motor and the management of all parallel hybrid IMA (Integrated Motor Assist: Support integrated power) are shared with the Honda Insight Hybrid and CR-Z, whose reliability has been proven.

With nearly two decades of development and ten years of marketing, Honda IMA hybrid system has proven to be extremely reliable and more than 500,000 Honda hybrids now run by taking advantage of its low emissions and fuel consumption.

The new Jazz Hybrid therefore has the same engine as the Insight, the 1.3 i-VTEC 88-horsepower, mated to an automatic gearbox with CVT associated with a 14 hp electric motor positioned sandwiched between two complete the parallel hybrid system. Like the Honda Insight or Civic Hybrid, the Jazz is able to run solely on electric power in driving conditions at moderate speed.

Although higher than the Insight, which gives it exceptional roominess, the Jazz Hybrid maintains its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to levels comparable, equally low. Visually, it differs from the current range Jazz reviewed by his lights ringed with blue, clear taillights, a new grille, redesigned bumpers and a chrome tailgate garnish. It is available in a wide range of exterior colors, plus a special new color Lime Metallic.

Inside, the cabin is seen also reviewed, with a dash of solid color darker, contrasting sharply with the blue light meters and the audio system. Its marketing will take place in early 2011.

Moreover, when the first International Meeting of green cars Pole mechanical Ales Cevennes, Honda has rolled for the first time in France, the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric zero emission. It rejected only in the atmosphere of water vapor. First fuel cell car produced in series, homologated for road use. Its 136 horsepower electric motor is powered by a fuel cell extremely compact, which allows a low platform, sleek and aerodynamic previously impossible on a motorized vehicle as well. It generates electricity from a reaction of hydrogen from its fuel tank and oxygen from the air. Thanks to its reservoir and its lithium-ion battery booster also recovers energy generated during braking, the autonomy of the Honda FCX Clarity is 460km, a consumer "diesel equivalent" of 2.8 l / 100km. Performance? Amazing for an electric car with a top speed of 160 km / h.