GerryAZ wrote:Describe your typical driving patterns and I will give you some recommendations as to whether a Leaf would be suitable for your needs in Phoenix.
I'd like to take you up on this offer, since I am debating canceling my Tesla 3 reservation and getting a '17 Leaf using the SRP discount right now.
Live in Metro Phoenix. Daily roundtrip commute is 12 miles, half of which is freeway. Most errands I need to run are within 5 miles of my house. The furthest my friends/family live is 30mi one way, but the most common I see are 10 and 20mi one way. I'm not into hypermiling and doubt I'd drive the car in anything like an Eco mode. For out of town day trips I'd likely rent an ICE.
I own my house and the car would be in the garage (normally at same temp as outside ambient air) when I am at home and under covered parking at work. I'll have a 220v charger installed in my garage and will be able to charge it every night if needed.
Thanks for any advice or insight.
I never hyper mile unless I misjudge distance to a charging station and end up cutting it really close. I believe in using all 80 kW off the stop lights and all 30 kW of regeneration when slowing down! At almost 30 months and 44,500 miles I would need to hold my speed down to 65 on the freeway or find a charging station to make a 60-mile round trip because my battery is down to 11 capacity bars
and I have sport performance tires (lost about 15% of range when I put the new tires on, but worth it for handling and wet/dry traction). You should have no trouble making a 60-mile round trip at full freeway speed with A/C blasting since you will have the 30 kWh battery with a 2017. I recommend an SV or SL to get remote climate control through EV Connect, the heat pump system, and 17-inch wheels (although the 16-inch OEM Bridgestone Ecopias that came on my 2011
were far better tires than the 17-inch OEM Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires that came on my 2015).
Look at all of the incentives being offered. The SRP rebate is a good deal, but it is off MSRP so interest free financing and Nissan cash rebates combined may be a better deal (depending upon circumstances). I needed to make a quick trip across town a few weeks ago and stopped in to use my dealer's DCQC. I bought both of my Leafs at Pinnacle Nissan so the salesman insisted on putting numbers together for trading my 2015 for a new 2017. We were talking for 30 minutes or so while my car charged and I was surprised by
all of the incentives that were available at that time. I have 6-year, no interest Nissan financing on my 2015 and there is nothing wrong with it so I respectfully declined to trade, but the numbers were actually much better than I expected considering the depreciation of my 2015. As you probably know, the VLT and registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles in AZ are much lower than conventional cars (and you get HOV lane access).