Nissan Leaf buyers rake in the perks

Consumers buying the new Nissan Leafs are receiving many perks, from tax credits, rebate checks and free home charging units.

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Consumers buying Nissan’s much-hyped all-electric vehical are receiving tax credits, rebate checks and free home charging units.

Oregon will serve as one of the key test markets when the vehicle goes on sale in December, and Gov. Ted Kulongoski has already put down his deposit on a new Leaf.

The first all-electric car from a major auto company, the Nissan Leaf, arrives at dealerships in December, but thousands of Americans are already learning that going electric can come with perks like no other car purchase.

“It just keeps getting better and better,” said Justin McNaughton, among the 20,000 people who have reserved a Leaf.

Since McNaughton, a lawyer in Nashville, Tenn., paid his $99 deposit, he has been bombarded with government incentives — promises of a $7,500 federal tax credit, a $2,500 cash rebate from the state of Tennessee and a $3,000 home-charging unit courtesy of the Energy Department.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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