SageBrush wrote:The difference between three and five years could be a starting difference of 10% is SoC. That was the original point I wanted to convey. Are you willing to drive with minimal heating in the winter ? That would extend the LEAF's useful life considerably for your use case.
My old car didn't have a working heater, so I'm already used to driving with no heat. I'd probably just use heated seats/heated steering. I probably won't pull the trigger on the 55k leaf unless I get at least 90% Soh or they offer me a deal I can't turn down.
I'm not sure that all models have heated steering and seats. That is something to be sure of before you buy. I live in Colorado and rely on the heat seating and gloves. It works OK for us although our feet are cold and uncomfortable after an hour drive. You also have to think about defroster use which is a huge energy drain.
Is the car parked outside ?
Can you pre-heat the car with at least 3.3 kW electricity before a drive ?
Do you have to run the defroster while driving to keep the glass clear ? I actually ventilate the car with a small flow of cold outside air in the winter but that of course makes the cabin cooler and may not even work for your climate.