kosjet wrote:So I think all this negativity about the 2018 Leaf is a bit unfair. Let's keep things in perspective here.
It may not work for everyone, but there are a wide range of people that this would work for just fine. You have to ask yourself a few questions:
- The battery warrany is 8 years/100k miles @ lets say 60% capacity
- That means the worst case scenario is that you will have 91 miles of EPA range at the 8 year or 100k mile mark
The question you have to ask yourself is how many days a year does this profile satisfy you? For me the answer is 98% which means that about 7 days a year we will need to take my wife's car instead of mine. Keep in mind that this is the worst case scenario. Considering that the Leaf is about $5000 cheaper than the Bolt for the same trim level and includes tech that is not available in the Bolt, I think the Leaf is quite the value.
- Is your average daily commute/round trip less than 60 miles a day?
- How frequency do you take road trips that are longer than 120 miles (this assumes 1 QC trips with charging at destination)
- Do you live in a moderate climate and/or have access to garage parking?
- Do you have a 2nd car?
Does it work for everyone? No.
Could it work for a good percentage of people? I believe so.
I agree completely. My 2013 Leaf is down to 85% capacity, but I have neither much need need nor the desire to drive long distances. If we have to go somewhere more than 30 miles away, we take my wife's Prius, which always reminds me that the Leaf is quite a sprightly car by comparison. So when the rebates come back and I get a 40 kWh 2019 Leaf with its driver-assist technology, I'm certainly not going to complain about its capacity.