Speaking as one of those who lives where there's weather, not "Always hot" or "Always temperate" but the Mid Atlantic where we sometimes get snow and summers can be hot and humid like a m*th*rf*ck*r.
Point being, I think after 17,000 mi and 10 months of driving I have not yet lost my first bar but am getting quite close to it. My daily commute is about 70 mi of mostly highway. This works out to 2 bars when I get home on a good day to LBW on a bad one. Loss is not an option but worse case I'm the guy on the Capital Beltway driving 45 mph so I can get home, which I've taken to doing to extend the range vice sitting in a car dealer for 90 min to get an extra 25 mi of range (when a 6.7 kWh charger could do same in 45!!) Point being, I am definitely gonna trade in my LEAF when it's paid off for something with a faster charger and more range. Could be a 2014 or 2015 or even a late 2013 LEAF or maybe I save up for a Model X (because I like Gull Wings).
But logically it's true the initial loss will be greater than future losses by the simple principle of compounding. If you loose 0.2% per month, you can expect to see about 2.4% total loss in the first year, and 4.7% loss in the second, only 2.3% more, and in 5 years 11.3%, not 12% (2.4%*5).
What irks me is the 100,000 mi / 8 year warranty. They never told us what would be considered unacceptable loss. They suggest 80% in 5 years and 70% in what was it, 8 right? They would consider about 70% loss in 100,000 to be acceptable but clearly with the suggestion that 76% in 5 years as possible in AZ they must consider 35.5% loss in 100,000 mi / 8 years also acceptable. Consider that's more than one third your original capacity and as I'm already on the border with my commute there's no way I can keep this
for that long unless I change jobs or that stupid Mr. President passes an executive order to match the bill in Congress he signed that allows the legislative branch to charge their electric cars at cost on capital ground: this should be the rule for the entire executive branches and military
! We'll pay for it even though it's less expensive than a mini fridge, just f*ck*ng let us!!
EVDrive wrote:Battery pack options with increased capacity are what we need for future models.
Couldn't agree more, as well as a faster charger!!
Now, happy national Plug-In Day everyone!
RIP CO2 Fre
, 27 months, 42,282 mi & 11 bars.
unAmerican Job & Nissan's Rapid Depreciation cost $20,000!
on the road daily w/o Charge at Work
Long Live CO2 Fre
, Maxed 2013 SL, 20,000 mi/yr lease.
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