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Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Price Comparison

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, www.nissanusa.com.

To order a Volt, go to their website www.chevroletvoltage.com 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.

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Gregg Fidan 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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