WILK wrote:currently have an early-ish reservation for the Tesla Model 3 (which I am sure is a curse word on this site)
Not at all we love all EVs, we are just here because we HAVE a Nissan version. I'm going to continue to read the rest of your post.
Depends upon what you need for a car. Can you drive a EV that can do only 40 miles on a charge? Do you have access to 220V charging at home or work?
If I was only needing 40 miles per day, i'd buy a used Leaf. Choose your vintage.. 2011-2012 or 2013 onward for extra features and decide which model of each year.. they are not all the same. I have a 2012 SL but later models have things a SL had in 12 that are standard on a 2015 S and so on. I assume you'll not need much heat from the car since you're in SouthCal but you will use A/C some days.
If you need the full range only a new car can give you, then you an sink money and do a 2 or 3 yr lease.. you are in the best state to get them.. check out the 'END OF LEASE Strategies' posts, lots of deals listed in the last few pages of people taking up the 2016 models with great numbers I am jealous of.