GetOffYourGas summed up my thinking almost perfectly when I was one of the first to reserve a Leaf. The memories of EV-1 crushing were still quite fresh on my mind, and magnified by the release of Who Killed the Electric Car?
I was very eager to get the first economical production EV to market, and to actually own
Also, with respect to leasing vs. buying, the $199/month deals we see now were not around in 2011, so purchasing was the more economical choice, setting aside the at-the-time-unquantifiable risk that it entailed. And prices didn't come down that fast, as it turned out - they actually went up with the 2012 model, and benefits like free charging stations started to get phased out, and the California rebate went from $5000 to $2500.
And as to that risk, I fully understood at the time that batteries degrade and knew what I was possibly getting myself into, but Nissan made the mistake of making promises, and they got burned for it. I didn't expect to get a free replacement battery, and I'm certainly happy that I will (getting installed right now actually), but I and many others are justifiably upset about how this class action lawsuit and capacity warranty were implemented. We all have the same defective batteries, but only those of us who drove the right amount of miles or parked in hot enough places will see any benefit from it.
EatsShootsandLeafs wrote:It's true, I understand their concern, but if anything that encourages one even further away from purchasing. A terrible financial mistake would be owning a highly limited run EV, with a lot of strange and new tech, which is no longer actively supported by the manufacturer.
Quite to the contrary, during the aforementioned EV drought from 2000-2010, the few remaining Rav4-EVs left in private hands were known to sell for as high as $70,000. So while there was a very real possibility that the Leaf would be but the first in a flood of EVs and I'd pay an "early adopter penalty", there was also a chance that the EV would get "killed" again and I'd have a rare "collector's item" that nobody could take away.