aarond12 wrote: They don't want to extend the life of existing LEAFs -- that's bad business --
That is what Nissan think. Tesla, on the other hand are with you on the ownership of the car, give you upgrades and want to keep you as a customer going forward. I think this is why Tesla's hold their value so well and maybe because they are of limited supply too, I guess. If your Nissan leaf could have affordable upgrades and replacements I think their resale value would be better. Nissan are hurting a lot from the low resale values of the cars and their attitude towards them makes the circles of devalue ever decreasing.
Tesla gives you software updates over wifi. If your first generation Models S does not have the hardware to go "autonomous" for example, you will not be ungraded to get that. Actually, you will pay a premium to have any upgrades after you take delivery.
Define "hold their value" You can get a three year old used Tesla for 50% off from the factory. Do a search for Tesla CPO and their site pops up.
The Tesla battery costs at least $10,000 for the 60 kwh, and $12,000 for the 85kwh. Their batteries have an 8 year warranty 125,000 mile warranty. if you extrapolate the Leaf's battery, you will see that they are inline.
Please, let us not all start pretending that Elon is giving things away, while Ghosn is the anti-christ.