I was excited about the leaf, did the home charger appt, was ready to click to buy it and then I started googling a bit. I found the 100 mile range is...not actually a 100 miles. And found this great forum. I am hoping you all can help me understand this a little better as I would hate to get a new car that I cant drive to work
I live in Santa Clarita, CA and commute to Santa Monica everyday. Its 72 miles round trip. It has all kinds of various conditions such as spurts of 80 mph freeway, bigger stretches of 65 mph fw, a few GIANT hills to climb, high winds, a TON of stop and go freeway traffic, 110* summers, a bit of freezing in winter, etc, etc. I would say my average commute time is between 45 min on an extreme off traffic time to 2 hours during heavy traffic, but probably average around 1.25 hours for 36 miles.
Reading though as much as I can I get the feeling that given my conditions..there is a chance that the leaf will not be suitable for my commute. Can someone help me understand for sure?
I am really anxious as I have a civic hybrid and my yellow HOV sticker is running out soon and I don't think I can mentally cope with losing the carpool lane given my commute.
Thanks a ton for any thoughts, advice, suggestions.