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Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:58 am

Even though the 2019 Kona is more expensive than the leaf, when you figure in the lifetime battery warranty for the original buyer, it seems like a better deal in the long run?
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:49 pm

"If" you can actually get one :)
Previous Hyundai BEVs were basically only compliance cars, limited to just parts of CA, it was the main reason I ended up with a Leaf, Nissan was the only mfg(other than the Volt at the time) that bothered to sell their cars in areas other than CAFA states.
If the Kona goes nationwide, I'd really consider them for my next EV.
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:54 pm

Previous Hyundai BEVs were basically only compliance cars, limited to just parts of CA, it was the main reason I ended up with a Leaf, Nissan was the only mfg(other than the Volt at the time) that bothered to sell their cars in areas other than CAFA states.


The Kia Soul has been available nationwide, even beyond the (now numerous) CARB states. True, the Ionic was a California Car, but I think the Kona will be at least CARB state available from the start. We'll see.
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:03 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Previous Hyundai BEVs were basically only compliance cars, limited to just parts of CA, it was the main reason I ended up with a Leaf, Nissan was the only mfg(other than the Volt at the time) that bothered to sell their cars in areas other than CAFA states.


The Kia Soul has been available nationwide, even beyond the (now numerous) CARB states. True, the Ionic was a California Car, but I think the Kona will be at least CARB state available from the start. We'll see.

Yes CARB not CAFA :oops:
Not sure when the Soul EV was introduced but I'm pretty sure it wasn't around when I purchased my first Leaf, a new '13 in early summer '14. I also really wanted to look and possibly purchase the Honda Accord?? PHEV, it got great MPG on gas(around 50 I believe) and had a workable shorter distance on battery. Unfortunately I would have had to drive to NY to purchase one :( something I was seriously considering until my local Honda dealers said they were not trained on nor would have parts for a vehicle they didn't sell :( No way I'd want to have to drive back to NY anytime it required PHEV specific service!
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:00 pm

if the leaf battery costs $8500, that basically means if one ever has to replace the leaf battery, one would of been better off getting the Kona.

if you can afford to buy a new car and want to keep it a long time the kona is a winner.

most people in usa only keep their car for around 10 years of less so may not fit everyones needs.

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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:28 pm

Not sure when the Soul EV was introduced but I'm pretty sure it wasn't around when I purchased my first Leaf, a new '13 in early summer '14.


The Soul EV was introduced much later than the Leaf ('15, maybe?) and probably wasn't available in the East the first year. As more states adopt the CARB standards, it becomes easier to find these cars - although I too would be unhappy about having to lease a car from another state...
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:59 pm

Kia Soul EV is still not available in Arizona. I think they are only sold and serviced in the states that have adopted CARB rules. I would consider a Kia EV, if they become available here.
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:30 pm

Another advantage of the life time warranty, for new car buyers, is that depreciation and therefore resale value should be much better than the LEAF.
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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:58 am

If there was an EV with lifetime battery warranty, the car companies would lose ALOT of $$. They would be on the hook to support every car they ever make. The original owner would be rewarded to sell his car ONLY after putting in a NEW battery (which would give the highest resale value.

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Re: Kona Electric Lifetime battery warranty vs leaf warranty.

Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:39 am

aluminumwelder wrote:Even though the 2019 Kona is more expensive than the leaf, when you figure in the lifetime battery warranty for the original buyer, it seems like a better deal in the long run?


Based on this review and the nuggets of information within it, I'm suddenly finding the Kona a very attractive sounding alternative to the Bolt.
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