Thanks for the feedback. I will give the Kia Niro a look. Charging speed is key for me as well, but probably not as important as rear legroom (my daughter is growing rapidly). Thus I will peek at the Niro, even though I prefer the exterior looks of the Kona. That said, if the Kona's legroom and cargo space is nit sufficient, I will probably lean towards the 60 kWh Leaf. I read and article (link provided below) that indicates that the long range Leaf may have a charge rate of 100kW. https://electrek.co/2018/01/04/nissan-l ... -charging/
If that is the case, I may be able to get over my CCS preference, and would just cross my fingers and hope that EVGo installs a more extensive network on the east coast. Also, a batch of States along the east coast are teaming up to coordinate their roll out of EV charge stations. See, https://insideevs.com/east-coast-states ... g-network/
I will keep my ear to the ground to se if this multi-state effort will be as biased towards CCS as Electrify America appears to be. If I get the sense that the CHAdeMO has a fighting chance to survive in the U.S. over the course of the next decade, I will likely push the button on the long range LEAF.
GRA wrote:snip>While it will undoubtedly be priced higher than the Kona, the Kia Niro will use the exact same 64kWh pack and will have more back seat leg (and cargo) room than the Kona, and around the same range (still waiting for EPA, but on WLTP it was slightly MORE than the Kona despite being bigger). I'm considering one, although the lack of AWD and the still relatively slow max. charge rate are negatives for me, as I want to use this for serious road trips, and distances to and between attractions out here in the west tend to be greater than where you are. CCS is definitely looking preferable to CHAdeMO at this point.