But as Ghosn said, 'it is not a car for the long journeys'. You and I might do a commute of almost the entire range of the battery, but for every one of us there are dozens who only drive 5 miles, and the car is targeted at them not us. The rather strange and curious dichotomy there, though, is that if you are not commuting 50 miles a day, then the extra purchase cost will never pay back on a 5 mile a day commute by ICE. Funny little gotcha that one, isn't it!?
And the low miles per year LEAF driver also takes a more severe cost per mile penalty on battery capacity degradation because a significant portion is based on time.
Degrades whether you drive it or not.
Low miles per year drivers always have higher costs even in an ICE because valuation of vehicles decline with time.
But the LEAF driver also has the range declining with time too.
Total cost of ownership is more competitive with ICE if driven 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. But for many that drive that many miles per year the range is problematic A small sweet spot.