I still don't understand the obsession with DCFC.
Two thirds of American households own their own home, give or take. Nearly as many have 2 cars (57%). Most don't need to make cross-country or even lengthy trips away from home with _both_ cars. We also know that very few regularly drive more than a few dozen miles a day.
Even after you factor in reductions for finding all the households that own their own home AND have 2 cars AND never make lengthy trips with both cars, etc, that's still a large addressable market for a gen2 Leaf. Gen1 not so much, at least less so after cold weather concerns, battery degradation over time etc, etc. Folks starting and ending the vast majority of their days in any given year at home, where they have access to a garage, and can plug in. They don't regularly need anywhere near the range available in today's offerings either. Cold weather, whatever. Not a factor.
Who cares about DCFC?
Only those who are looking to replace their last ICE vehicle with an EV. Today, that's not the big part of the market. That comes later. Much later.
But here we sit bashing the Leaf as woefully inadequate. Wringing our hands over Chademo's imminent demise. Talking about Death Watches.
It's an electric Corolla, and a damn nice one at that. A damn sight nicer than any Corolla ever sold. What's wrong with that?
My son has been driving our Leaf SL+ for Grubhub in the pandemic. Last month we put 750 miles on, and spent a whopping $14 in electric charging it. Overnight we pay about 8 cents a kwh. This car is ridiculously cheap to operate, at least in our state. He can work for hours and never need to stop for charge. IT'S A NON FACTOR. Gosh, at some point I'll have to buy tires for it... let me obsess over those costs for a while...
Nope, not ever gonna be the everybody's car. Nope, they don't sell like popcorn. And that's partly a function of folks choosing willful ignorance and just sheer laziness. And unfounded fears. Like you get from reading about Death Watches...
Lordy. Just use if for what it's good for already.
Empty-nesters - NW Denver-Boulder Area
2019 Leaf SL Plus
2015 Audi Q5 TDI
2007 BMW Z4 3.0Si
2012 VW GTI