DaveinOlyWA wrote:I would consider a fast charge port essential if you are purchasing. Even if you think you don't need it today, degradation may require it tomorrow.
Disagree completely. Depends on your use cases, DC FC pricing, locations of DC FCs in relation to your where you drive, network reliability, pricing, and tolerance for adventures and waiting. For some folks, it's "essential" or worth it. For others, it's a huge waste of $.
I don't have time to re-type all my arguments on this again, but I've posted these in the past:
I've met in person and seen people post that they used their CHAdeMO inlet 0 times or a very minimal # of times (e.g. 1 to 5) over several years.
My current used Leaf that I bought in July 2015 doesn't have CHAdeMO inlet and it still serves me fine. I'm wasn't keen on paying $1K to $1.5K more for a Leaf with the inlet which gives me the privelege of paying more than it costs to fuel my Prius and have a possible adventure, in the process, besides wasting time.
On on the note of degradation, a Leafer I know posted at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BayLeaf ... %22R%22%7D that his 3 bar down car when trying to DC FC "now after 5 to 10 minutes I drop below 20 or even 15 kW".