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2013 Leaf not qualified for federal tax credit?

I just took a Leaf for a test drive today and the salesman told me the 2013 Leaf does not qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. From the sales figures I have looked at, Nissan hasn't sold 200,000 units yet, so I'm wondering why there is no credit.

Looking at fueleconomygov confirms that only the 2011-2012 Leaf qualifies for the credit. What gives?

With the credit bringing the Leaf SV model down to about $25,000, I was thinking it just may barely make financial sense to purchase one over say, a 2005 Toyota Corolla. Without the credit, there is no way it makes financial sense.

Perhaps the Focus EV will drop in price enough that, when combined with the $7,500 tax credit, it might make sense to purchase one. I'm also looking forward to the Honda Fit EV becoming available for purchase, but no word on if or when this might happen.

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