Oils4AsphaultOnly wrote:GetOffYourGas wrote:LeftieBiker wrote:
That will surprise the people who have actually ordered Bolts to be built in the next few weeks.
True in pockets of the US and Europe, the Bolt will slowly become available. World wide, Nissan still sells plenty of Leafs in areas that will not get competition for almost a year (if not more). So it looks to me like they are milking their current design in those markets, while taking a little extra time on Leaf 2.0. I hope this means that they realized they have to meet or beat the Bolt/Model III with the Leaf 2.0, even if they take a while to get there. A 40kWh / 150-mile Leaf will not cut it in 2018.
Based on recent sales and pricing of the 30kwh leaf, if they can sell the 40kwh for ~$22k out the door, it will do just fine! Not everyone needs a 200-mile EV, and a 150-mile leaf is actually fine for long distance traveling for those with young kids or small bladders.
Fair enough. I'm coming around to the business case of a ~$20k / ~125+mile BEV. They may actually be able to sell more units of these than GM can the Bolt. Who knows.
It won't do for me, at least any better than my current $23k (new, after incentives) / 73-mile 2012 Leaf. Unless/until DCQC exists within 125 miles of me (it doesn't today). I just don't do more than 2-3 trips/year between 73 and 125 miles. But I do plenty that are 250-350 miles. And there are DCQC within 150 miles, along those routes. I try not to get too hung up on my own needs/desires but let's be honest - it's impossible not to.