Ok, the beater-mobile journey continues.
Today, I have my longboard on the racks. I'm not fully charged. Going to go on the 405 / 101 freeways (Los Angeles / Ventura County) with a 10' board, full well knowing, this will eat up battery life like a deranged hungry pacman on PCP.
Nonetheless in the interests of folly science, I'll keep all posted in terms of severe battery use on a 75 mile journey!
This is a sort of a proof of concept trial. That is, using the Leaf as any one would use their station wagon, i.e., full of stuff (surfboard, bikes, etc.). The idea is with these costs that will undoubtedly become even lower over time, the Leaf becomes the all around beater car to do anything in within a 150 mile range when totally loaded....
Oh, and if mileage disappears too rapidly, I can make some interior seat adjustments and just throw the board in the car (towel protecting front glass). Grok that, a 10' Longboard will fit in a 2011 Leaf. Cool beans, eh?
$7500 62 kWh battery
$8800 (U.S.) or €7200 (Euro)
+ $3k Used Leaf (2011-2014)
Total $11,800 (minus various incentives, i.e., state / provincial rebates)
The goal here is to demonstrate / encourage others, that if they buy an old Leaf (3k or under) and install battery, you've got a low maintenance / cost and fun car. Hmmmm.
Also in reading about how some Tesla suspensions are failing under suspension loads, it's time for me to get back into suspension upgrade thinking. There is a thread here on the forum about that one (Muxan is supposed to write to me about what they have).
post script: had 80 miles left to play with, I think I started out with 189. So took a big hit in the 75 mile journey, and rode the slow lane some of the time... and at end of trip, did my typical 75 / 80 mph.