@joem - where are you finding used Leafs for $6K? Sounds too good to be true - are these 2011/2012 Leafs with 9 or 10 capacity bars left? If so, there's no way you are going to do your commute without a charge somewhere along the way.
Even if you can find a 2014 Leaf with a really
healthy 24 kWh battery (over 90% SOH), then you might
be OK for a couple of years, but it really depends on your definition of "hilly". Pouring rain really does impact range too. Not looking too good...
Have a look at this range chart, which assumes a slightly degraded battery and the expected range at various speeds, on flat roads, with no AC/heat:https://www.dropbox.com/s/wczgxhs5e91i7 ... 3.pdf?dl=0
I think you can see that, if there's any significant elevation gain, you're not
going to make it - or at best, you'll be on VLBW. Perhaps you could talk a Portland dealership into letting you do an extended test drive, in which case try driving your commute when starting with 100% SOC and see how far you get until you hit LBW. At best, you'd get another 15 miles beyond that.
I noticed you live in OR, where politicians just passed new legislation to provide up to a $2500 rebate on a new EV. If you can also get the federal rebate, that's $10K off of a new 2017 Leaf with a 30 kWh pack. That extra 25% range will make all the difference for your situation. Something to consider...
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