Five Year Projections See Volt, LEAF Holding Resale Values
Potential resale value has been a question raised about electric cars, and the answer, according to two recent used-car pricing estimates, is that two best-selling electrics may lag behind similar conventional vehicles — but not by much.
An all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf (the 2013 is not on sale yet) is expected to be worth 20% of its new-car list price after five years of ownership, compared with a used price in the low 30% range for a similar conventional Nissan Sentra compact sedan, according to price-tracker Kelley Blue Book.
And an extended-range electric 2013 Chevrolet Volt is forecast to be worth 30% of its sticker price at the end of five years, not far from the similar, conventional 2013 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan at 38%, KBB says.
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