Tsiah wrote:Did the S get the better heater or was that only in the SV and SL? I read somewhere that the S still uses the less efficient heater... But haven't been able to find confirmation of that anywhere.
The S does still have the old resistive heater instead of the heat pump. Where are you located (roughly)? Below about 20F from what I remember the two heaters are about the same, but the heat pump is noticeably more efficient for moderate temperatures like 40 or 50F. Your commute is <40 miles each way so if you can for sure charge at work then you'd probably be fine with the resistive heater, especially if you just use the heated seats+steering wheel and keep the heater off except to defog. If your commute isn't all highway you'll have even better luck.
Also, it's a good idea to check out https://www.plugshare.com
to see if there are any chargers along your route as a backup. For my commute there is a free L2 charger and a paid L3 quick charger in case of really bad/cold weather.
Note that I just purchased my leaf and haven't actually done my commute yet in bad weather, so I can only speak of what I've found in my research. Hopefully some more experienced drivers chime in as well.
Leasing a 2016/2017 S is also an option, you can get them for fairly low rates and the 2017s come with the bigger battery pack (and supposedly there are 2016 S models that have the bigger pack as well)