So I'm getting rid of my 99 Acura TL, due to a slowly dying tranny and oil leak, and would like to purchase a EV. Since I have solar at home, and am really done wrenching on used cars, a co-worker suggested a used leaf as the financing would pretty much be a wash with the gas/maint of my current ride (~200 month).
I have a 52 mile round trip commute to and from work currently. This involves a couple of 6-8% grades and a mix of about 70% ~55+mph speeds and 30% sitting in traffic. Living in the bay area, California, weather is mild to warm.
Although I may be able to charge at work in the near future (waitlisted for EV spot), currently I will need to make the drive on a single charge.
I've already begun reading all about the gotchas with the leaf and think I prefer a late model '13 to '14 year SL. I have a BT OBD II scanner and have downloaded LeafSpy, so I will be taking that shopping with me once I learn what the readings are and how to interpret them.
Is a 52 mile commute in these conditions practical? What about 62 miles on a single charge if I decided to go out for food during lunch?
I'm aware this all depends on battery condition, so I'm shooting for the best conditioned leaf I can get.
Thanks in advance for all the great resources and advice here.