For buyers of the electric LEAF sedan coming up from Nissan (s NSANY), the battery pack and vehicle will come under one deal. While Nissan has previously said it was considering offering the battery under a separate lease contract, the automaker now says the vehicle “will be available to consumers via lease or sale, in a single transaction that includes the battery.” This could be a trendsetting move for how automakers finance the next generation of electric vehicles and what types of business models emerge around the market, since Nissan’s LEAF will be one of the first widely available plug-in models targeted for mainstream consumers.
Customers will be able to start taking the first step toward that transaction — paying a $100 reservation fee — in April, Nissan said in a release today. The final price for the car will be set “shortly” before that. A few months later, in August, Nissan plans to begin accepting “firm orders,” and by December 2010 deliveries will begin in the earliest markets.
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