martindfw wrote:First of all let me start out by saying hi! I'm new here, however, I've been lurking for awhile before I registered and have read numerous threads on this site. I'm torn as to whether or not the Leaf is for me due to my commute needs - 72 miles round-trip.
Hi Martin, Welcome.
When I'm asked, I say my LEAF gets about 70 freeway miles at 68 mph from 100% charge (after 4 months and 4,000 miles). That allows for any amount of use of climate control (which I run almost ALL the time), lights, wipers, and let's not forget... music (the heater burns through more juice than the AC does). I'd say it might work for you since more than half of your trip is not at freeway speeds. Edmunds.com drove it in the flat desert to dead stop after 132 miles at a constant 35 mph. Over time we know where the battery capacity is headed but it might work fine for you. If your crazy about owning and driving one I say go for it. I'm crazy, I own one, and am loving it (34 mi/day, 85% freeway, nightly charging to 80%). Very smooth freeway ride (stereo is terrible so Randy and I beefed up the sound system with a pair of bazooka woofers in the trunk - search for Randy's thread on this subject).