LeftieBiker wrote:The obvious band-aid is for Nissan to explain this, and market the car as a 200 mile commuter, using QC occasionally, once. But Nissan has never taken the forthright approach (possibly except in 2013) so it's going to become a slow motion train wreck for them, and for those who buy (especially) or lease a 2018 Leaf to take trips of more than 200 miles. I too don't fit the category that will suffer here, but I did intend to pay a high lease payment only because I intended to buy the car. The one thing that Nissan can possibly be expected to do is to unlock the 33% residual, and offer cheap leases with higher residuals, as in 2013. If they don't then we'd be better off leasing a Bolt.
To be fair, for many people, the choice between a Leaf and Bolt is about more than the battery capacity and range. You can't just treat a Leaf and a Bolt as if they are interchangeable and only look at the capacity and range. Frankly, when I was shopping for a car last month, I test drove the Bolt, and honestly, I preferred everything about the 2018 Leaf driving experience. The seats are more comfortable, and both the interior and exterior, imo, simply look better on the 2018 Leaf. I also like not having to start up Android Auto in order to use the navigation. Since the capacity and range of both cars met my driving needs, without the need for using QC in either vehicle, that difference doesn't outweigh all the other factors.
I mean, seriously, it's nice to discuss the differences in range, battery technology, etc. between the Leaf and all the other EVs out there, but let's not pretend that it's the only factor in making a decision to purchase an EV.