Procuring For An Entry Stage Electrical Automobile In Denver — Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Mannequin 3

On this article, I am going to 2 sellers and store 3 manufacturers so that you just don’t must. I do know many individuals would moderately have a root canal than go to a automotive vendor, however I really loved it (yeah, I’m bizarre like that). I used to be visiting my daughter in Denver this weekend and needed to take a look at the story of a number of the main electrical autos within the space. I’d have visited Ford if I had had time, however I wanted to run another errands.  The story I went in with (largely true) is that I reside in Florida and have a Tesla there, however I’m searching for a cheaper electrical automotive for my daughter to make use of for commuting. So, I checked out entry stage automobiles emphasizing that worth is extra necessary to me than vary and fancy options.

Chevrolet Seller

This text was going to be all in regards to the Chevy Bolt, however for causes which can develop into apparent in just a few extra phrases, I made a decision to increase it to incorporate different manufacturers. The Chevy Bolt suits the invoice for those that don’t care about fancy options and both gained’t use it for street journeys or aren’t in a rush on their longer journeys.

We at CleanTechnica have written lots in regards to the Bolt, together with this overview of a used Bolt 3 days in the past by one in all our greatest writers, Steve Hanley. I drove to an area Denver space Chevy vendor that proudly claims they don’t cost over MSRP. They stated they have been bought out of the Bolt and the Bolt EUV and had stop taking deposits since manufacturing was stopping this 12 months. They did say that that they had one cancellation because of private circumstances and when it got here in subsequent week, it might go to the primary particular person to place down a deposit. I requested about used Bolts they usually stated they promote as quick as they get them in.

With the Bolt beginning at $26,50o and eligible for each the $7,500 federal tax credit score and the $5,000 Colorado tax credit score right now or $7,500 Colorado tax credit score beginning January 2024 (since its MSRP is lower than $35,000), this may doubtlessly let a model new Chevy Bolt begin at an astounding $11,500 subsequent 12 months or $14,000 proper now after each credit. No surprise they’re bought out! It’s too unhealthy Chevy can’t allocate extra automobiles from different areas to fulfill the demand. I used to be planning on recommending this automotive to some mates who I’ve made in Colorado, and really I nonetheless will, however with the caveat that they’d be very fortunate to search out one.

So, I made a decision to take a look at another sellers.

Nissan Seller

I owned a Nissan Leaf for six years and located it an incredible metropolis automotive. That being stated, battery degradation was an enormous concern with the passively cooled battery and Nissan up to date the styling however made much less updates to the powertrain than the corporate wanted to make for my part. The Nissan Leaf S with 149 miles of vary begins at an inexpensive $28,040, and the vendor had a number of in inventory.

This automotive is made within the US, so I believed it’d qualify for some or the entire federal tax credit score. I came upon, nevertheless, that the pack comes from Japan, so it will get zero federal credit score. The vendor provided a $2,000 low cost and the native utility provides $1,000 off, and it does qualify for the $5,000 Colorado credit score now or the $7,500 credit score beginning in January. That places us at $8,000 off now, or $20,080 for a automotive with lots much less vary than the Chevy Bolt however over $6,000 extra money. No surprise they’ve 4 in inventory!

However then I remembered the lease hack and regarded for Leaf lease offers. I discovered that they had a suggestion for $250 a month for 36 months with solely $2,000 due at signing, so that they should be supplying you with again a number of the $7,500 federal tax credit score and the $1,500 Colorado lease credit score (which is likely to be going as much as $5,000 on July 1st, however it’s unclear). However since Nissan Leaf autos haven’t held their worth very effectively traditionally, the lease is taking that under consideration additionally.

Tesla Web site

I searched Tesla’s web site for rear-wheel-drive Mannequin 3 autos within the space. I discovered that, since it’s quarter-end (Tesla usually provides some reductions on stock automobiles on the finish of every quarter if you happen to take supply in that quarter), they’re providing $2,270 off on this base mannequin, for a worth of $38,970. It’s unknown if that low cost shall be there on July 1st. (Assuming it does stay is a little bit of a stretch — if you happen to don’t consider that, add $2,270 to the value under.) After July 1st, in Colorado, that automotive can be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit score, the $5,000 Colorado tax credit score, and perhaps the $1,000 utility credit score, for a internet worth (not on the spot credit score — you need to wait 9 months for the tax credit) of $25,470!


As you may see, there are some astounding offers out there to Colorado consumers beginning subsequent week (after July 1st, 2023). For the three makes I checked out, they every meet a goal market.

  • In the event you can safe a Chevy Bolt and are snug with its limitations, it’s most likely the very best deal. It ought to provide clear and dependable transportation at a really low value for a few years to come back. And at 6.4 seconds to speed up to 60 mph, it isn’t gradual. Together with your internet value of $14,000 (in Colorado), your financing and depreciation prices are prone to be extraordinarily low.
  • The Nissan Leaf lease can also be a really low value. You get lots much less vary and lots much less efficiency. It makes use of the CHAdeMO high-speed charging normal that prone to be more durable and more durable to search out over time, now that everybody has moved to both CCS or, more and more, to Tesla’s North American Charging Commonplace (aka Supercharging). However for individuals who simply plan to make use of it round city and just like the comfort of leasing, it is likely to be a good selection. Consider it as a bridge to the long run the place we certainly can have extra reasonably priced electrical automobiles to select from in 3 years.
  • In fact, I’m a fan of the Tesla Mannequin 3, an incredible automotive than was unveiled over 7 years in the past and remains to be extra superior than 95% of the competitors, fuel or electrical. It’s not as filth low cost as the opposite 2 electrical automobiles talked about right here, however it’s a protected selection and the whole value of possession compares favorably to nearly any fuel automotive out there.

If you wish to make the most of my Tesla referral hyperlink to get Reward Credit, right here’s the code: — however as I’ve stated earlier than, if one other proprietor helped you extra, please use their hyperlink as an alternative of mine. If you wish to be taught extra about Tesla’s new referral program, Chris Boylan has written an wonderful article on it.

Disclosure: I’m a shareholder in Tesla [TSLA], BYD [BYDDY], Nio [NIO], XPeng [XPEV], Hertz [HTZ], and a number of other ARK ETFs. However I provide no funding recommendation of any kind right here.


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