I've just joined the forum, and have never owned an electric car, although I have been considering a Leaf for some time, having had a three day trial around three years ago. That was a 24kwh and although I liked the car, I decided I couldn't quite live with the range.
Obviously things have moved on regarding range.
I have the choice of a new, nearly new 40kwh, or the proven used 30kwh model.
In the UK the government provides a grant of £5000 towards the cost of a new pure electric car, which as well as helping with the purchase, mitigates some of the first years depreciation.
I have two questions -
1. I have read that there may be some issues with the newly designed 40kwh batteries, as the plates are thinner and other build differences from the 30kwh. What are your experiences of the new batteries, or is it too soon to judge reliability? I have also been told that the ground clearance is lower!
2. If the 40kwh batteries are ok, would I be better going for the new Leaf, of is a year old 30kwh a better choice (taking into account the govt grant)?
Thanks in advance.