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.
I bought a 2019 Leaf a couple of weeks ago, and much as I enjoyed my 2013 Leaf, Leaf 2.0 has a lot of technology that I didn't have before, which I'm sure you've explored. I think it's a very nice car. I don't take long road trips, and 40 kWh is plenty, whereas my 2013 Leaf had degraded about 15% and range was getting a bit tight. Now I have double what I had before.
Range declines a tiny amount every day as measured with Leaf Spy. I don't know what summer will bring, but if I extrapolate from 2 weeks experience out to a year, degradation will be only about 2%, very satisfactory. And if it's like my 2013 Leaf, degradation will be much less in the 2nd and subsequent years than in the first year. Last summer was exceptional in the UK, but as you know hot summers are not common there.