IssacZachary wrote:Might I add that while the Nissan is cheaper up front than the Tesla
That is debatable
The cheapest LEAF is a few thousands less than the cheapest Model 3
The cheapest Leaf you can buy today is the S, MSRP $29,990. Nissan has often discounted prices by thousands of dollars.
The cheapest M odel 3 you can buy today is $44,000
Difference is $14k plus likely Nissan discounts.
SageBrush wrote:Then of course the LEAF battery pack degradation comes into play. That makes the LEAF one of the most expensive EVs available, and much more expensive than any Tesla Model 3.
I've got 4 years, 40k plus miles, and might be 10% down in capacity. At that rate, I might well get to 12 years and 120k plus miles before the battery is down to 70%. I might well continue to drive it past that point. But if I didn't, and I bank the $14,000 extra that a Tesla M odel S would cost, I could replace the battery at least two times, perhaps three including interest. That would get me to 36 years and 360k miles.
Of course, the cars are not equivalent. The Tesla is intending for road trips, etc. The Leaf is a commuter car. Most driving is commuting. If you need a car for a road trip across the USA, the Tesla is a better choice. If you need a car for commuting, the Leaf is a better choice. What are your needs? What are your wants?