VitaminJ wrote:I thought about buying a FIAT for about....ooohhh....5 seconds! Lol! Just kidding, I'm sure it's a great car. Lighter than the Leaf with same hp and battery, should be good to go. I should test drive one.
My Leaf should pay for itself within 2-3 years depending on what gas does. I spend almost $3000 just on gas alone last year and gas has been it's cheapest since the 90s. Then oil changes, spark plugs, clutch, gaskets, etc. I can only really see gas prices going one way, up. Add Trump to that mix and maybe I will pay off my Leaf sooner than that. After that time it's basically a free car that will cost less to drive than to insure. If gas goes up this year I think Leafs are probably close to the bottom of their depreciation, at least 12/12 bar Leafs, even more so if the EV tax credit goes away and lessees and new-car buyers start looking at used instead.
Having had the Fiat for about 3 weeks, it's definitely not for everyone; it's practically a 2-seater with limited headroom. It sounds like your driving pattern is very similar to my wife; she's driving about 45 miles to work and does a lot of local errands around our home. She'd spend close to $3K a year on fuel and about $360 in tolls (which are now free with a BEV or 3 carpooling occupants).
My only concern with the Fiat is that it seems like FCA isn't invested in the technology nor support for longterm 500e users. It's a compliance car and the CEO has suggested for people to not buy or lease them because they are losing $14K per unit. Other people suggest FCA only made them so they can sell more Hellcats, trucks, and Maseratis. For as much as Leaf owners complain about the 2G modem going offline, at least Nissan has a 3G replacement. FCA only allows modem usage for 36 months at which point the service is ended and cannot be renewed…it's written in their terms and conditions.