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Why is the Nissan Leaf Less Expensive to Drive Than Gasoline-powered Cars?

No matter what your financial situation is, you can probably find better things to spend your money on than gasoline. Thankfully, with the advent of hybrid and electric cars, you can finally stop throwing your money away at the gasoline pump.

At Montgomeryville Nissan, we’re proud to offer the Nissan Leaf, one of the world’s first commercially available electric cars.

Although driving the Nissan Leaf is a great way to help reduce greenhouse emissions, owning a Leaf is an even better way to save money. You’ll be able to reduce your transportation expenses by driving this innovative new vehicle.

In fact, by driving the Leaf, you’ll pay less than half per mile than you would by driving even the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicle.

Gasoline is an expensive and volatile commodity. As of November 12, the national average cost of gasoline sits at $3.44 per gallon. However, the price of gasoline can vary greatly depending on any number of circumstances.

For example, if a refinery is knocked out of commission for some reason, the cost of gasoline in the surrounding region will rise.

If demand for gasoline rises, as typically happens every summer, the price of the fuel rises as well. Political instability in oil-producing regions, such as the Middle East, can also affect the price of gasoline.

Lastly, many governments see gasoline as an easy source of revenue; a substantial chunk of gasoline’s cost comes from the many taxes and fees levied upon gasoline sales.

Electricity, however, is cheap and dependable. In Montgomeryville, electricity will cost you between 7 and 9 cents per kilowatt-hour. This price does fluctuate somewhat based on the time of year, but the price of electricity is more stable than that of gasoline.

Charging your Leaf completely will cost you about $1.92. According to the EPA, a full battery charge will allow you to travel an average of 73 miles. If you drove the same distance in even the most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle, you’d use about 1.5 gallons of gasoline, costing you $5.16 at current prices.

The Nissan Leaf contains a number of features that help it to use its electric charge efficiently. The Leaf uses energy-efficient LEDs for headlights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. The body of the Leaf is built to reduce air friction and increase the energy efficiency of the vehicle.

An optional rear spoiler is lined with solar cells to produce energy and power the vehicle’s internal systems. The Leaf is also compatible with home-based solar power systems, allowing you to save even more money if you have a solar system at home.

To find out more about the money-saving features of the Nissan Leaf or to schedule a test drive, call or visit us at Montgomeryville Nissan.