Published: Mar 02, 2011 2:52 AM EST
Updated: Mar 01, 2011 11:52 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- With gas prices on the rise, drivers are looking for ways to save. One option: plugging in your car. Dealerships across Southwest Florida are seeing a spike in demand for electric cars.

While the electric lifestyle promises to save you money in the long term, sales reps at Sutherlin Nissan say just driving a new Nissan Leaf off the lot will put you back about $33,000. But getting one could be tough.

"Right now, they're building 50,000 to be built the first year, to be divided up in three areas of the world, which will be Japan, Great Britain, and the United States," Bill Labelle of Sutherlin Nissan said Tuesday.

There are no guarantees about how many will land in Southwest Florida. Still, 34 Nissan Leafs are reserved at Sutherlin Nissan.

"There's been a lot of interest in it, because of the price of gas for one, and of course because of the environmentalism too, because there's no emissions. So it's a green car in that sense," Labelle said.

WINK News broke down just how much going electric could save you. Driving in the Nissan Leaf prices out to about $2.80 per 100 miles. Plus, buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax incentive.

"Price of gas for 100 miles, what are you talking 3.50 per gallon now? You're talking $10. So your savings is pretty significant. $7-8 per 100 miles," Labelle said.

The car's main charge comes from plugging it in. The cost for that? According to Plug In America, the average is between $2-4 to charge a car per day.

Right now, the Nissan Leaf is designed mainly for short trips, and city driving. They are scheduled to hit lots in late summer to early fall. Chevy's electric car, the 2011 Volt, is set to hit dealerships around the same time.