Electric Car Drivers Love 'Em, But Don't Buy 'Em: Why Leasing Rules

Electric Car Drivers Love 'Em, But Don't Buy 'Em: Why Leasing Rules

Electric-car drivers love their vehicles, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're interested in long-term commitments. It turns out that the majority of drivers currently lease their plug-in cars, rather than buy. Excluding Tesla (which does not release detailed sales information), leasing... read more

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2014 Chevrolet Volt

More Data Confirms: Electric-Car Drivers Really Love Their Cars

In the grand scope of automotive history, modern electric cars haven't been on the road very long. Yet they've already demonstrated considerable staying power. At the... read more June 3, 2014 by 

2013 Renault Zoe electric car

Battery Lessor For Electric Renault Zoe Can Halt Recharging Remotely

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2013 Smart Electric Drive Coupe, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Aug 2013

2013 Smart Electric Drive Coupe Lease Price Lowered To $139

The prices just keep falling on plug-in electric cars. The latest to announce a new, lower lease price is Smart, which cut the monthly cost of a three-year lease on its 2013... read more August 7, 2013 by  18

2013 Smart Electric Drive, Brooklyn, NY

Battery Leasing Lands In U.S., Electric Smart Drivers Love It

Maybe there's a future for battery leasing among U.S. electric-car buyers after all. Nissan had considered leasing battery packs separately before launching its 2011 Leaf... read more June 24, 2013 by  5

2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas

Electric Car: Lease Or Buy?

You're considering a plug-in electric car. Should you lease or buy? It's a question that all new-car shoppers face--but for electric cars, there are some special... read more June 24, 2013 by  40

Rick and Alex Prell with new 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, Studio City, CA

First 2014 Chevy Spark EV Sold: Why We Chose This Electric Car

So how did Rick and Christine Prell and their two teenage sons become the first family in the U.S. to buy a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV? Turns out it was at least partly luck... read more June 21, 2013 by  68

Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

Nissan To Offer Leaf Battery Replacement Plan: $100 A Month

To allay fears about loss of capacity in its Leaf electric-car battery packs, Nissan announced today that it would offer what amounts to a battery leasing program after the... read more June 20, 2013 by  65

2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

Electric-Car Price War Heats Up: Chevy Volt $5,000 Cash Back

Last month, the Nissan Leaf passed the Chevrolet Volt to take this year's top spot among plug-in electric cars for sale. Now Chevy is fighting back. It announced that it will... read more June 11, 2013 by  34

2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

Price Cuts Work: Waiting Lists For Electric Honda Fit EVs Now

Well, chalk one up for basic economic theory: If you lower the price of a good, more people will want to own it. In the case of the 2013 Honda Fit EV, the low-volume... read more June 10, 2013 by  40

2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (European version)

2013 Smart Electric Drive To Offer Battery Leasing In U.S.

It seems automakers in Europe have found the key to increasing electric car sales: battery leasing. With 97 percent of European Smart Fortwo Electric Drive customers choosing... read more April 15, 2013 by  7

'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Oh, Tesla: Your 'Lease' Is Smart, But That Calculator Wasn't

Well, that didn't take long. Yesterday, just before 5 pm Eastern time, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] released details of its new "lease-like" financing product. The general... read more April 3, 2013 by  24

2013 Tesla Model S

Big Mystery Unveiled: You Can Now 'Lease' 2013 Tesla Model S

And now we know: Tesla's Big Mystery Story, teased via more than one tweet from CEO Elon Musk, is this: You will soon be able to "lease" a brand-new 2013 Tesla Model S... read more April 2, 2013 by  10

2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Ford Focus Electric Incentives: $10K Off 3-Year Lease Or $2K Cash

We've clearly not seen the back of tempting electric car leasing deals. One Mitsubishi dealer is offering the "i" electric car for as little as $69 per month for example, and... read more January 25, 2013 by  14

Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Hall in an ad for the 2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Nissan Leaf Leases: $289 For Base SV, $319 For Nicer SL

The low sales of the Nissan Leaf electric car have been much discussed in the media--just as those of the Chevy Volt were until it began to log respectable sales numbers over... read more June 5, 2012 by  15

2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (European version)

Would Battery Leasing Ease Sticker Shock On Costly Electric Cars?

There's no getting around it: Hybrids cost more than gasoline models, and plug-in electric cars cost a lot more than gas vehicles. Each type of green car cuts operating... read more May 18, 2012 by  12


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