vicdeng wrote:really? the battery degrade that fast. i am either leasing at 24 months or 36 months. By then i think i should still have enough range to cover most of my daily commute. I am talking about 63 miles both ways, not one way.
Oh...I thought you meant 63 miles one way
...never mind /EmilyLitella
OK in that case the Leaf is doable for you. In the summer with a new Leaf, you should be able to do this on a single 100% charge. Wintertime may need workplace charging to get you back home again, even if it is just 120 volt. 240 volt charging at home is recommended though.
I do recommend checking out the Wiki and going to the Battery Capacity Loss section. You should also read through the rest of it, it will make you much better informed as to what you're getting into. EV ownership does take some adjustment and there are things you simply cannot take for granted like you can with an ICEV.
How fast does your Leaf's battery holding up? so the point is try to put at little money down when you are leasing?
I haven't measured mine but the model predicts that where I live, my Leaf will hit 70% in just under 5-1/2 years and 50% in just under 10 years. I am leasing mine for 3 years so unless I buy the car at lease end it's not a concern for me, but with my commute even a 50% degraded battery will still be useful.
Yes, with leases try to put as little down as possible. At the very least try to roll the taxes, reg, and other government fees into the lease payments.
BTW 63 miles/day x 5 days a week comes up to just a bit over 15k/year. You may want to consider saving up for the 15 cents/mile excess mileage charge rather than negotiating an 18k/year lease.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.