One of our readers, Bill Kalahurka, commented last week:
“I just bought a 2017 Leaf yesterday! I was on the list for the Model 3, but then my local utility company (Kansas City Power and Light) started offering a $10,000 incentive for Nissan Leafs. After the KCPL rebate and the federal tax credit, I got a brand new Leaf for about 16,400 bucks! I am no longer a bystander in the EV revolution; I’m in the game, baby!”
That was an awesome jolt of inspiration. And he’s not the only one in the past week to tell us that he jumped into the EV revolution and bought his first EV!
Remember, one of the most powerful things you can do to fight Big Oil’s influence over our world, to fight global warming, to fight air pollution, and to fight Donald Trump pollution pushers picked to run the Department of Energy, Environmental Protect Agency, NASA, and more (much, much more) … is to go electric. (And go solar.)
The power of the pocketbook is substantial. We do still live in a semi-free market.
But this story is supposed to be about the great new deal from Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) + Nissan, so let’s jump in.
In addition to the $7,500 federal tax credit for zero-emission electric cars, a special group buy in the region is bringing the price down another $10,000. Yes, that means up to $17,500 off of the LEAF price tag.
If you want a LEAF with a 30 kWh battery, you can get one for as low as $14,950 (after the incentives). Here’s the full table from the Metropolitan Energy Center group buy page:
[Update] Note this update from Bill: “I have some good news, and some slightly bad news to report in regard to the KCPL rebates. Good news first: This is almost unbelievable to me. You do not have to be a KCPL ratepayer or even a Missouri or Kansas resident to get this credit. All you have to do is buy the car at a Kansas City area Nissan dealer. If you live in Florida, this isn’t going to work, but if you want a Leaf and you live in St. Louis or Omaha or Des Moines, you might be able to figure out a way to make it happen. The slightly bad news is that the prices shown above are based on 2016 leafs. This promotion quickly wiped out the remaining stock of 2016 leafs. 2017 Msrp’s are about 1200 dollars more. I still think it’s a fantastic deal. I already have convinced one of my buddies to buy one. Spread the word!”
Metropolitan Energy Center, by the way, is “a non-profit and a catalyst for energy efficiency, economic development and environmental vitality in America’s Heartland” that is also somehow involved in this group buy — heavily involved, as it is the one hosting the group buy webpage.
On a KCP&L webpage, though, the utility does its part to highlight the ease of EV life in the Kansas City metro area, highlighting its own EV charging leadership. “Thanks to the 1,000+ public charging stations in the KCP&L Clean Charge Network, Kansas City is becoming a hotspot for driving electric.”
It’s unclear how much of the $10,000 discount is coming from KCP&L, how much from Nissan, and how much from Metropolitan Energy Center, but it doesn’t really matter to the customer — $10,000 is $10,000!
Metropolitan Energy Center notes that this group buy discount is good until January 3, 2017. It adds: “Purchase a Nissan LEAF and receive an AeroVironment home charger discount! … The Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit is available to Missouri taxpayers for 20% of the cost of a home charging station, up to $1,500 for individuals. The tax credit is authorized through January 1, 2018 but is subject to annual funding appropriations.”
So, yeah, if you’re in the KCP&L service area, it’s basically a no-brainer to go an get a new Nissan LEAF if you are at all in the market for a new car. Even if you have a reservation down for a Tesla Model 3, this deal seems like something to take advantage of. Then you can drive an electric LEAF for 1–3 years before moving on to your Model 3.
If you use this sheet, you can compare the cost of a new Nissan LEAF to any other car you might be considering. I don’t think you can choose a better new car for $11,510–$19,290 than a Nissan LEAF, but yeah, cars are super subjective purchases and depend on your own personal needs, desires, and tastes.
Oh yeah, before you go into the dealership, though, make sure you know the steps for getting the $10,000 discount:
- Print out this Group Buy flyer.*
- Visit an area Nissan dealer to test drive a LEAF.
- Show them the flyer and drive home your next car!
- Visit your Nissan dealer until January 3, 2017.
* must present Group Buy flyer to receive discount.