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Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Price Comparison

August 5, 2010

Electric Car Prices Green has finally penetrated the automotive scene: the first mass-produced fully electric cars are hitting the roads with the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf (okay, GM's EV-1 was first, but that's a different story).

For those interested in being a part of history, here's a recap of the pricing information and a primer on how to order.

Both cars will be available at the end of this year in limited markets. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt starts in seven states at $41,000, minus a $7,500 federal tax credit, bringing the cost to about $33,500. The 2011 Nissan Leaf costs $32,780, but the federal tax credit brings it down to $25,280. In December, the Leaf arrives in California, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee.

You can buy or lease the Volt. The lease goes for $350-a-month for 36-months, with $2,500 due at lease signing.

If you prefer the Leaf, you can place an order at Nissan's website,

To order a Volt, go to their website or contact from this list (link opens PDF document) of participating dealers.

Keep in mind that although official pricing has been announced, dealers will try to add a premium to the price due to high demand and low supply. Leasing will probably be the best option if you want to drive one of these vehicles when it first comes out.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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