Great find and post!
A true 120 mile range would work for me in a (2011-2015) Leaf. So..... what if economies of scale allow this to take off in South Texas? A SWAG for me could be (comments requested as it's probably simply a WAG!):
- Realistic value of such a Leaf with 8 bar or less battery - say $4000 for solid condition except worn out battery, IF I had to go out and purchase
- Sell the old battery for $1000 or some type of realistic "credit"
- A local "evbatteryrebuilds" installs a new ~34 kWh LG battery pack - $10,000 all in with GOM "fix" and all battery swap labor/materials as part of deal
- With all in of around $13,000 to $14,000 I'd have a Gen II Leaf that would hopefully go at least 100 miles for several years with low degradation
Still not sure I'd go for it, or continue to look for a 2016 Leaf for around $11,000 - $12,000 with either a great battery OR one that will be replaced under warranty.
IMO If you could get a good condition (say 2012 or 2103) Leaf and the LG battery for $10,000 all in, likely a no-brainer, however that would require some serious reduction in the cell pack costs.
Can this eventually happen? The video "prototype" indicates that it's real rather than Fenix Power's hype. If so, I might be just a matter of time and demand from all the Leaf's out there!
2012 Leaf SL; 46,000 miles. Battery replaced November 1st, 2016.