If I were in your shoes I would wait until the 60 kWh Leaf hit the market and then trade in your 2015 Leaf for a 2018 Leaf. The 60 kWh Leaf should be on the market by Spring/Summer 2019 and around that time you should see some solid deals on the 2018 Leaf's remaining inventory. Not only will the 2018 Leaf be competing with the 60 kWh Leaf, it will also be competing with the 64 kWh Hyundai Kona and the 39.2 kWh Kona. If Telsa starts selling the 35k version of the Model 3 around that time, then the market should soften for the 2018 Leaf.
I bought a 2018 Leaf SL with everything included back in February of 2018. I have therefore experienced driving the 2018 Leaf in the winter, summer and autumn. It is a solid car. My work commute is only 30 miles round trip, so the 150 miles of range that the vehicle offers is more than enough to suit my needs. I am a techie, so I love the additions of Pro-Pilot and 360-degree view cam. I purchased the vehicle to serve as a commuter car...and has not disappointed. Lots of instantaneous torque, and not a bad looker (I was not a fan of the looks of older versions of the Leaf). It is a perfect commuter car for me. But it is not just limited to use as a "local" car for me. I have found it to be a good "regional" car as well. With the recent increase in charging stations, I can easily travel from Northern NJ to other regional cities like Philadelphia, New Haven, and Hartford. I have also trekked out to Boston (twice) and Washington, DC. It is a solid regional car.
However, if you plan on taking any regional trips that require to charge more than twice enroute, then you may want go for a 64 kWh Leaf or a 64 kWh Kona. The third charge really does trickle in at a slow rate. I understand why it does so, but it gets a bit frustrating if you area road tripper like me. My second vehicle is a 2017 Prius Prime, and I am sort of spoiled by having the ability to travel from Northern NJ all the way to Montreal Canada with out having to stop more than once for gas. I am now caught in that awkward evolutionary phase where I love EV driving so much that I loathe using any gas, but I still have a primal urge to take road trips. Therefore, I am probably going to have to upgrade the 2018 Leaf. If I were to re-do my February 2018 purchase, I would have put a bit more emphasis on a car with 200 plus miles range and a liquid cooled battery. I did not like the seats in the Bolt (nor the price), so I would not have gone that route. I also would not have gone for the Model 3 as I am not a fan of its minimalist interior or lack of dealerships for those times that my car needs to be serviced. That leaves me somewhere in between the 64 kWh Leaf and the 64 kWh Kona. The decision between those two for me will come down to, in order of priority: (i) backseat legroom, (ii) the rate at which the vehicle can fast charge, and (iii) usable cargo/trunk space. The Kona's ability to suck in electricity at a rate of 72 kWh is about as good as I will be able to get on my budget, so that may sway my decision since I road trip a bit. I am also staring to think that the CCS fast charging standard may be a better option since Electrify America is installing a network of chargers that is clearly biased towards that standard. Accordingly, the I will give the Kona a detailed look...even though in my heart I will be rooting for the long range Leaf.
golfcart wrote:I am just going through this exercise in my head now and was curious what other leaf owners think or have done.
I have a 2015 Leaf S with 43,000 miles on it. My latest leafspy stats show 83% SOH and 52AHr on the battery. I just dropped my first bar last week. I have a 52 mile round trip commute and a child with activities a few days a week. Right now I can manage pretty well but it is getting tight on some cold days to get the kid after work and get them where they need to go without having the charge first (which is not always an option).
I don't think there is any chance of me getting my battery replaced for free based on my rate of degradation current my commute which will likely cause me to hit 60,000 miles sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
I originally paid $23,400 for the car with the QC Package and Winter Package. That came out to $15,900 after the tax rebate. We financed at 0% so this car didn't really cost me that much.
Here is my dilemma... Do I unload the car now while I can get about $10k for it or just drive it until it can no longer make my commute in the winter and sell it/trade it in then (which will likely be the 2019/2020 winter).
If I got $10k for the car early in 2019 (which I think I could) I would have spent $5900 net for 3 1/2 years of maintenance free driving. That is pretty great in my opinion. I could use that money to put towards a 2018 SV with winter package and tech package that has been sitting on the dealer lot for the last year (assuming it's still there). Then, given the 40kWh battery pack and 8 year warranty, never have to worry about range again. Even if the battery dropped to 60% in 8 years I'd still be able to get to work and back no problem. Plus I'd get the pro-pilot, hybrid heater, android auto, e-pedal, etc...
If I hold on to the current car, I risk the vehicle becoming a real hassle for me sometime next winter and having questionable resale value at that point. I mean, who wants a car that only goes 55 miles in the winter (probably 45 if you turn the heater on)?. I suppose at that point I could trade it in on a 2019 or used 2018 but I am unsure how much resale I will lose between now and then. Given the number of other EV and PHEV options coming out it just makes me feel like the GEN1 leaf is gonna look like a dinosaur soon and nobody will want it.
I guess my final option is just drive it into the ground and QC it on my lunch break every day once the range gets to low. That is probably the cheapest since the dealership is right by my office and I can charge for free since I bought it there. That just sounds like it'll get old real quick.
Any thoughts? Anyone sold a 2015 recently or upgraded from a GEN1 leaf to a GEN2 leaf? If so, do u think it was a good choice? What would y'all do in my situation? There are no bad opinions, I am just mulling over my choices and would appreciate any input.