Nissan offers big discounts to spur sales of all-electric Leaf

DETROIT - Nissan is offering cheap leases and big discounts on the Leaf because of slow sales of the all-electric car.

Nissan Motor Co. sold only 4,228 Leafs this year through August, almost a third fewer than a year ago. It also has a big inventory of the cars nationwide.

In September, Nissan started offering Leafs for $219 per month with $2,999 down for 32 months. They were going for $249 a month earlier in the year. Also, the TrueCar.com auto pricing site says Nissan raised discounts to $3,250 per Leaf in August from $850 in January.

The Leaf starts at $36,050 including shipping. It can go up to 100 miles on a single charge.