The all-electric Nissan Leaf will go on sale in North Carolina this fall, nearly a year after the zero emissions auto debuted in this country.
But the base price of the 2012 Leaf will be $2,500 more than this year's model, listing at $35,200. That doesn't include the $7,500 federal tax credit available for electric cars, which cuts the cost by about a fourth.
To date the Leaf has been sold on the West Coast, Arizona and Tennessee through online orders. The company has sold 4,400 since December.
The company will begin taking online orders Aug. 4 for the general public, but customers who have previously reserved the car can order July 25. A Nissan spokesman said the Leaf should be available at most dealerships in North Carolina.