Ron Dawg: I know, I am eagerly awaiting that. To me the battery will be more than sufficient for what I do and drive. My 2009 Nissan Versa, only have 50,000 miles on it when it got totaled. =( I was going to drive that car to the ground, but life happens and I needed to get a new to me vehicle. The best thing about the Leaf, is that even with limited range it will work for my "work" car. I only drive my car to and from work, with the occasional stop at a store on the way home. =P So far here in my Isolated Conus Assignment I live the furthest I have ever lived from work, with that drive being mainly highway. Even here in the extreme cold, the range has been more than enough. Once we move back to either Denver Colorado or Southern California, I will be back to city driving and living only 10 miles or so from work.
Currently I am driving 19 miles one way, mostly 65 MpH highway, in colder ND winter. My car was totaled and I got 7000, for it... though I obviously felt it was worth more lol But I was able to pick this Leaf up for 7995 out the door, so hardly anything out of pocket. And I was back on the road again. =) This is saving us some money in gas, and I enjoy the ride. I actually love the way the Leaf looks like. =) Its my "Storm Trooper" Car Not too mention I was able to upgrade from a 2009 to a 2013. So a few more features that I am enjoying. Most people at work look at my like I am crazy for buying something that only has about 60-70 miles of range depending on the conditions. However I only drive about 35-39 miles a day and that is it here, and less than that in other places.
Mostly I took the jump because we have a huge family car that has tow capabilities and fits this family of five and 2 dogs. =) The Nissan Leaf is a great supplement car. Perhaps in the future when I am not moving across the country, and my kids are full grown the wife and I may get two EVs. Only time will tell on that.
My hope is to get a few good years, maybe 3-4 until this battery is no longer sufficient for my work trips. Then I will see what options on the market I will have. =) Currently right now I am enjoying shopping for all the small insignificant things to customize my ride to my liking. (Decals, phone mounts, mats, seat covers, hubcaps ect...)
Oh and one perk here, is I get to charge at work. So I haven't even been charging at home. lol Saving some money in that respect while here. Plus it made me able to buy a Car Dolly with the wifes permission. =P I been wanting one for years. lol