WMTribe90 wrote:...I'm fairly handy, but don't mess with electrical and my electrical panel is not convenient to the garage. Do you recommend buying the charger from home depot and hiring your own electrician over going with Nissan's installation service/charger? What could I expect to pay under each scenario?...
Stay away from Nissan's charger installation; it is widely viewed as overpriced. You can do better yourself by buying your own EVSE and then getting estimates from local electricians to install it.
Since your commute is fairly short you could just live with the Nissan L1 EVSE supplied with the car and use a regular 120 V outlet in the garage. Thirty-four miles of range would take roughly seven to ten hours of charging at Level 1 so you could charge overnight and likely have enough range for some additional errands. However, charging at Level 1 is less efficient (means more electricity cost) and preheating doesn't work as well.
The least expensive option for Level 2 is to get the Nissan L1 upgraded, assuming it can be done (we should know soon), then have an electrician install a 240 Volt L6-20 outlet in your garage.
WMTribe90 wrote:Agree, all electric vehicle is the only car that makes sense to lease. That said, the eight-year warranty against excessive battery capacity loss convinced me to go for long-term (~8 yr) ownership. My round trip commute is 34 miles, so even with lost capacity and winter conditions, it sounds like this should be achievable. At eight years, the fuel savings should even out the cost of ownership with an ICE, even with the expected higher depreciation. Anyway, that' my thinking and it's admittedly a bit of a crapshoot.
Perhaps my information is out-of-date but my understanding is that the new capacity warranty was for five years or 60K miles, whichever comes first. And it is supposed to kick in only if the battery reaches about 70% or so. Can you still make your commute with that hit to range? Yes, it ought to be fairly easy. The eight year battery warranty is for manufacturing defects or actual failure of a cell, not capacity.
That said, it is unlikely that you will lose that much battery capacity on the Front Range. Yes, it gets fairly hot in summer for a month or two, but it is nothing whatever like what the folks in Phoenix face. The generally cool weather in Colorado for much of the year is actually good for battery longevity.
Nevertheless, I do wish that I had leased rather than purchased. Then battery capacity issues become irrelevant and a longer range EV is likely to be available on the next go-'round. Also, as longer range EVs become common the resale value of the current LEAF can be expected to fall sharply. (That's great for people buying a used LEAF for short range needs though. For example, a car for a teen driver to go to and from school.)