WetEV wrote:I recommend, and have for years, that people buy new EVs only if the commute is less than the "No worries range", which is somewhere around half of the EPA range. You are beyond that range at 42.5 miles, even with a new EV. Yes, not by much, but Salt Lake City has cold winters. Freeway miles might be high speed, if not things are a little better. The slower you can drive, the longer the range on a charge.
Did you mean even with a new battery in a 2013 Leaf?
Because 1/2 of 151 miles in a '18 certainly is more than 42.5 miles.
Half of a 2018 Leaf's range is ~75 miles. As you point out, rather longer. Same with new BMW i3, various Tesla models, GM Bolt, etc.
If the OP wanted a new battery, which I don't think he does, I'd very slightly discourage that, as would reset the range to EPA 84 miles, and half of that is 42 miles.