It's a rebate, even for lessees? That's great news!
I was already planning on leasing instead of buying for the following reasons, but that just sweetens the deal.
1. First release of new product with new technology. History tells us that first run cars often have flaws, and we will be may be beta testing the car for Nissan. I don't want to own a beta product, and no one else does. So when I go to resell it in 3 years, I expect it to depreciate a lot.
2. I didn't lease my last car because I didn't want to be tied down by mileage limits, so we can take road trips as we please. Not an issue with a car with 100 mile range. I'll be driving this less than 6000 miles a year.
3. I only want the Leaf because it is the first EV to market that looks solid and affordable. I fully expect to upgrade to a better EV in 3 years when there are more options. Maybe a Tesla Model S if I can afford it. If not, maybe a Ford Focus, Coda or something else American.
4. Even if I did plan on keeping the car longer than 3 years, the batteries are going to degrade over time, so I'd rather not shoulder that depreciation.
5. Owning a car means thinking about resale all the time. That means the kids, dogs, etc need to be careful with their ice cream, paws, etc, and I better not have an accident that damages the title.
2011 Black LEAF
Jan 1, 2013 Status = [15 months] [6K miles] [12 Bars]