internalaudit wrote: something we likely need for a 130-140 mile commute once a week -- we live in Canada so there's winter to consider ...
evnow wrote:internalaudit wrote: something we likely need for a 130-140 mile commute once a week -- we live in Canada so there's winter to consider ...
You won't get 140 miles in Leaf2 in Winter.
Model 3 will be more expensive compared to Leaf 2 - for similar trim/features. Options on Leaf, for eg are < $1k. Model 3 has options that easily go to $5k.
internalaudit wrote:we likely need for a 130-140 mile commute once a week -- we live in Canada so there's winter to consider). .
internalaudit wrote:Besides price differential, potential drive unit issues, a few minor ones, and reliance on Service Centers to service and repair Tesla vehicles, what is making your gravitate towards the next gen Leaf?
Nubo wrote:internalaudit wrote:Besides price differential, potential drive unit issues, a few minor ones, and reliance on Service Centers to service and repair Tesla vehicles, what is making your gravitate towards the next gen Leaf?
- Any body damage to Teslas tends to be prohibitively expensive to repair, and Tesla dictates where you're "allowed" to get bodywork done. They have gone so far as to remotely disable the vehicle.
- Overly proprietary attitude towards what YOU can do with YOUR car (see above, but extends to other areas).
- Tesla battery chemistry is inherently less stable. Though they've mitigated that with considerable systems safeguards, you should still be aware. If the car says you need to get out, get out.
- Over-reliance on touch-panel controls, in lieu of simple tactile knobs and buttons. Not conducive to effective manipulation in a moving/bouncing vehicle, or for older drivers who can't shift visual focus as quickly from far to near. Poor human engineering. I've heard they're also implementing voice controls. I asked Siri how well that works. She never got back to me.
- Tesla's active thermal control is a double-edged sword. It runs even when vehicle is off, consuming energy (a.k.a. "vampire load"). I've come back to my un-plugged LEAF after weeks of downtime to find the main pack at practically the same state of charge as when I left it. I like that. Also, part of the reason for Tesla's elaborate thermal control is ultimately the finicky nature of their battery chemistry (see above).
If you don't want to read the blog, for an "all in price" $35,375 (if the leak is accurate) I have climate package with the heated seats, hybrid heater, REAR HEATER VENTS!!!, the tech package, etc.
With the only drawback being range. With an estimated 38.4 kwh usable, that is 153.6 miles @ 4 miles per kwh.
that was what I can do with minimal compromise in my 2016 LEAF. The 2018 is supposedly more efficient which would imply that a higher range is likely but who knows, right?
But that is Summer (with AC blasting, driving "somewhat" illegally.... one speeding ticket so far... )
In Winter, we are now looking at an average of 3.5 miles per kwh or 134.4 miles per charge.
All of this is VERY much acceptable to me so much so that this is likely to be the first LEAF worth buying IMHO
The degradation is acceptable. What improvements have we to look forward to?
Well, as always, its my opinion that later 2017 builds will give us a hint. We already have 30 kwh packs failing but they all seem to have a 2015 build date.
The S trim was given the 30 kwh pack with VERY strange timing and I think that timing is significant (laugh if you want, you have a LOT of company!) and I think that the longevity of my pack will be a good indicator of what 40 KWHers can expect.
Or you can get an extra 80ish miles of range for a few thousand more with considerably less tech and "maybe" some comfort considerations.
or you can get something that is close in tech, much cooler and nearly double the range for well, the price of the 2017 LEAF AND the 2018...
yeah, like my only question here;
How is this a question?