For the rest of the year, consumers in the northern part of Colorado state can take advantage of a remarkable discount on the world's best-selling electric car.
Through December 31, the dealership Tynan's Nissan is offering $9,007 off the retail price of a 2015 Nissan Leaf with an 84-mile range rating.
Combined with state and Federal income-tax credits that total $12,700, that brings the effective price of a 2015 Leaf to just a bit more than $10,000.
Colorado has one of the most generous remaining state incentives for purchase of a battery-electric vehicle, a state income-tax credit up to $5,186 for those taxpayers who can take advantage of it.
And the Leaf qualifies for a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit, again for those consumers whose tax situation permits taking the full credit.
That allows Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) and the dealership to promote an "effective price" of $10,600 in their announcements and promotions.
In addition, northern Colorado residents who buy the new 2015 Leaf under the program qualify for 24 months of free charging through the "No Charge To Charge" promotional program with the EVgo electric-car charging network.
Of the 30 public charging stations in the Loveland and Fort Collins region, 11 belong to the EVgo network.
The special offer reflects the likely popularity of the 2016 Nissan Leaf, with its rated range of 107 miles for the mid-level SV and top SE models (the base Leaf S remains at 84 miles of range for the current model year).
While the 84-mile range covers more than 90 percent of daily trips in temperate weather, according to vehicle use statistics, a three-digit range rating provides a psychological differentiator.
Some Leaf owner forums and comments have suggested that buyers and lessees intending to get a Leaf have waited for the 2016 model—leading to predictable discounts on outgoing 2015 models, including this one.
In addition, Tynan's Nissan had pledged to provide buyers with up to six free days of loan of an internal-combustion engine vehicle for longer road trips when needed.
We'll be curious to see if other regional electric-car advocacy groups work with local dealers to provide similar programs in additional regions.
More details on the combined offer can be found at the driveelectricnoco.org/group-buy/ website.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to unclear information received from Drive Electric Northern Colorado, a version of this article published December 1 indicated that the Colorado state tax credit on a 2015 Nissan Leaf was $6,000. As Ryan Cody and several other alert readers pointed out, this is incorrect. That tax credit is based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the car's window sticker, minus the Federal credit of $7,500, multiplied times the 24-kWh battery capacity, divided by 100. So the maximum credit for a 2015 Leaf would be $5,186, not $6,000. We have edited the article to reflect the correct information; Green Car Reports regrets the error.]