Back in 2010 I was told the car "really" cost about 80k to manufacture and market. Recently I was told NISSAN has it down to about 65-70k. NISSAN is still silent on how much the battery really cost and after tax credits the car is STILL 60% subsidized and the outdated technology is showing with batter degradation. NISSAN promised congress and the Dept. of Energy that they would create 1300 "green" jobs and the numbers offered by NISSAN are 250-300 clean energy jobs. I was told by people at the plant in Smyrna that the people building the Leaf are also building "other" cars like the Altima. NISSAN is not paying the people a livable wage. Most at the factory are "temps" and some of the workers still get food stamps.
Federal Financing Bank
The Federal Financing Bank (FFB) is a government corporation, created by Congress in 1973 under the general supervision of the Secretary of the Treasury. The FFB was established to centralize and reduce the cost of federal borrowing, as well as federally-assisted borrowing from the public. The FFB was also established to deal with federal budget management issues which occurred when off-budget financing flooded the government securities market with offers of a variety of government-backed securities that were competing with Treasury securities. Today the FFB has statutory authority to purchase any obligation issued, sold, or guaranteed by a federal agency to ensure that fully guaranteed obligations are financed efficiently.