Stanton wrote:Roadburner440 wrote:However that 9-11 hour recharge time would be about the only drawback I could think of for me going to a 30kwh pack. So there will be reasons to lure people to get a new Leaf if they so choose.
I think you're overestimating that charge time. If I can charge my 24 kWh pack in < 5 hours (L2), then a 30 kWh pack shouldn't be more than 7-8. I will be happy to get my 24 kWh "lizard" replacement pack, but the reality is eventually Nissan will stop making (2) versions of the battery pack and only 30 kWh will be sold. However, that should take at least another year since they are selling a 24 kWh 2016 "S" version.
I think even if Roadburner was a bit off on charge time estimate, they still have a point. A 2012 Leaf burdened with one of the old 3.3 kW AC onboard chargers for L2 might, as you say, take about 7-8 hours to charge from nearly depleted to nearly full. This is a bit of a pain, though not prohibitive to ownership. Also it leads to the question of whether a 30 kWh retrofit, whether carried out paid for by the owner or by the dealer, could also include an onboard AC charge equipment retrofit to 6.6 kW or higher and how much this would add to the cost.
Good point about probable reduction in sales of 24 kWh variants as versus 30 kWh variants, though it would seem to depend in part on pricing decisions.