I am in the process of moving and will be buying a car shortly after (used to walk to work). I'll be out in O'Fallon driving to Lucas & Hunt off of 70 each day (a few miles past the airport). No charging stations at work yet, Google pegs the round trip at just under 60 miles. Given the weather in STL, any thoughts on if the Leaf range will cut it for me year round? I've heard really hot and really cold can cut the range and I'll only have about 15 miles to lose
Coffee, from other side of the state, you should be mostly good but in the worst winter weather you'll want to bundle up, especially socks. Even if you go for a '13 SL or SV with the better heater in the deep cold it will still use the resistance heater which sucks up battery juice like no body's business.
Here's a good thread - viewtopic.php?f=23&t=12621
Personal example, May 1, 2013 - drove route and that day m/kWh was 5.5. Next day after it snowed and was slushy, same trip was 4.5 miles/kWh and later that night with the heater on it was 3.5 miles/kWh.
If you preheat at home and use the heated seats and steering wheel you should be good especially if you can keep it down to 55 instead of 70 mph.