Wow, I didn't compare the delivery charge but this isn't surprising. Canadians always get screwed.Bigboler wrote:I put the difference in price between Canada and the US at $4800 when you add in PDI and delivery ($1800 in Canada only $850 in the US)
I'm not interested in leasing the battery but I do hope the made in USA Leafs will be cheaper and hopefully it will be priced the same in Canada as in the US. If Nissan will continue to charge us Canadians nearly 5 grand more than in the US, I will either forget about the Leaf completely or go get one across the border.I am hoping all the good things we are hearing about the 2013 Leaf and how they expect higher sales this September will translate into a lower price or maybe a lower price with a leased battery.
A savings of 200$/month sounds about right. I also did a spreadsheet comparing the Leaf to my 2003 Matrix and the cost of gas and oil changes minus the cost of the electricity (which is very cheap in Quebec) the Leaf would save me about $180 per month. (I figured I would replace 80% of my gas miles since I would still have my Mazda 5) Although this is a significant savings, this doesn’t take into consideration the higher insurance costs and interest on a $40000 loan.Having said all this, I still think the vehicle could be considered some what affordable. I have done up a spreadsheet with the numbers of continuing to own my 1994 Protégé vs the Leaf and I would save $200 a month with the Leaf, that savings plus another $200 a month for a total of $400 would pay for the vehicle in 10 years.
For now my Matrix is working perfectly (by the way, the Leaf has nearly the same interior space as my Matrix) and I am not ready to take on that much debt to be the first one on the block with an electric car. Too bad, I was really looking forward to owning an EV.