Extremely Green Cars Showered With Another Kind of Green

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
extremely green cars showered with another kind of green

Want to wear your environmental activism on your sleeve? Park some of it in your driveway.

Gone are the days when driving an electric car required careful trip planning — and white-knuckled, pit-stained trips to the suburbs. Automakers have finally endowed their greenest rides with enough range to keep anxiety mostly at bay.

And, because there’s a pandemic (among other factors impacting electric vehicle sales), some of those same OEMs really want to move those cars off the lot. There’s deals to be had, greenies.

According to CarsDirect, a Nissan Leaf Plus, generally regarded as the happy medium of mainstream EVs, can be had with far more discounts this August than last. With 151 miles of driving range on tap in base form and 226 miles in Plus guise, the Leaf was the first mainstream, mass-market EV available to North American consumers, and it remains a popular choice.

Right now, Nissan’s offering Leaf buyers zero-percent financing 72 months, with a $500 financing bonus. Alternatively, you can ditch the long term and go for a $4,000 rebate — a grand more than last month. At this time last year, buyers could only get a 36-month term with 0-percent APR.

While not a low-end EV, the Jaguar I-Pace does come with a braggadocious pedigree and a healthy mix of range and performance. Whereas last year, buyers could get one at 2.9 percent APR for 60 months and no rebates, Jag customers can now secure an I-Pace for a zero-interest, 72-month term, with a $5,000 credit available.

Of course, this will only be of use to those looking to keep an EV in their driveway for the long haul. Given the depreciation rates of certain EVs, incentives might only go so far in tickling the ‘ol buying bone. Depending on model, a lease might prove far more attractive.

For example, the Chevrolet Bolt, with its 259 miles of range, still carries up to $7,250 in lease savings via GM Financial. Dealers might sweeten the pot even further. CarsDirect notes a San Francisco offer of a Bolt LT for $199 a month for 36 month, with $1,599 due at signing. That works out to $243 a month — less than a Honda Fit EX.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Aug 18, 2020

    Anyone else think that using clickbait trigger words like "greenie" and editorializing in news-story headlines is just lazy journalism?

  • Tele Vision Tele Vision on Aug 18, 2020

    I love 100% torque at zero RPM but I sometimes need the ability to punch through two-foot snowdrifts in the dark on my way to work. Hence a 2007 CTS-V for the Summer and a 2010 F-150 for the Winter. C'mon, Rivian, change my mind!

  • Inside Looking Out In June 1973, Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Washington for his second summit meeting with President Richard Nixon. Knowing of the Soviet leader’s fondness for luxury automobiles, Nixon gave him a shiny Lincoln Continental. Brezhnev was delighted with the present and insisted on taking a spin around Camp David, speeding through turns while the president nervously asked him to slow down. https://academic.oup.com/dh/article-abstract/42/4/548/5063004
  • Bobby D'Oppo Great sound and smooth power delivery in a heavier RWD or AWD vehicle is a nice blend, but current V8 pickup trucks deliver an unsophisticated driving experience. I think a modern full-size pickup could be very well suited to a manual transmission.In reality, old school, revvy atmo engines pair best with manual transmissions because it's so rewarding to keep them in the power band on a winding road. Modern turbo engines have flattened the torque curve and often make changing gears feel more like a chore.
  • Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro processors...in today's vehicles?
  • Ravenuer The Long Island Expressway.
  • Kwik_Shift A nice stretch of fairly remote road that would be great for test driving a car's potential, rally style, is Flinton Road off of Highway 41 in Ontario. Twists/turns/dips/rises. Just hope a deer doesn't jump out at you. Also Highway 60 through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Great scenery with lots of hills.