Phatcat73 wrote:Congrats! The range of the 30kw battery is a welcome improvement. Regarding lease vs buy. The technology advancements in the next 6-12 months will significantly push down resale more so, IMO than the last few years. If I look at the out of pocket expense, buying out my lease will cost about $3000 more than purchasing outright. However I'm a gambling man and realize that Nissan has been offering some significant residual discounting near lease turn in. I suspect this will continue in about 2-3 years upon gen 1 lease turn ins, particularly as the competition will be fierce and 150-200 mile range vehicles will be the baseline at an even lower entry price point than today's discounted Leafs.
Yes, I agree on two points. Because of the recent competition:
1) Your gamble may be a good one and the purchase price on the residual may come down nicely in 2-3 years, and
2) thanks to the competition (Bolt, Ioniq, M3), the current Nissan Dealer discounts and Nissan rebates are MUCH better that 5 1/2 years ago when I got my first Leaf in 2011.
In a few years I may decide to upgrade again while giving one of my friends a good deal on my 2017 Leaf
and continue the spread of EVs.
2011 Leaf SL purchased 6-22-2011, sold 1-18-2017 with new battery.
2017 Leaf SV with Premium Package purchased 12-30-2016