4CloverLeaf wrote:Low rolling resistance tires will increase your car's range but at the cost of traction. Everyone needs to decide for themselves where they want to fall in that trade off. Personally, I much prefer good rubber to an extra five miles of range and happily make the trade off but if range is an actual issue for you, you may not be as willing as I am to forgo low rolling resistance tires.
If the LEAF was an ICE, I would agree with slightly higher rolling resistance, but with the LEAF, there are really only two wear items adding to the cost per mile, the battery (oh, I had to mention it) and the tires. Those extra miles will result in slightly less wear and tear on the battery, which is the by a far margin the major cost of driving the LEAF.
As far as the tires, I'd say Nissan did an excellent job choosing the Ecopias. The OEM ones lasted 45K miles for me, and yes, I kept them at 42 psi, and drove around corners like an old lady. Now with owning the LEAF, I've also concluded that tires will last a lot longer going at 48 mph as opposed to 60+.
I got a replacement set from Tire Rack, and you can then choose a local installer from their website too. I was extremely happy with Cannon Buick here in Lakeland, but of course that only helps somebody close here in Central Florida.