alozzy wrote:The question is why would anyone gamble on the LEAF and its history of rapid battery degradation when other competitors are offering 40 kWh or more packs that DO have TMS.
Unless Nissan steps up to the plate and knocks out a home run (ie a 60 kWh pack, with TMS, available in 2019, at a lower price point than the competition), my next EV will be a Kona Electric, Niro EV, or possibly even an IONIQ or perhaps a Bolt.
What is the upside of buying a new LEAF at this point in time?
It's a bit unfair to compare something that is available today against something that won't be available for maybe a year with questionable nationwide availability.
The upside is value. I didn't want to pay $5k more (That's a 30% premium on the $17k I paid for an SL) for a Bolt that gives me 2% additional utility.
I'm not saying you should buy a 2018 Leaf and I sympathize with early adopters that unfortunately got burned, but to say that no one should "gamble" on the Leaf is a bit presumptuous. What has Nissan done for the cause? They have put hundreds of thousands of drivers into an EV worldwide at price points that Tesla was not able to fulfill. I would gamble that a good percentage of those drivers are never turning back.