I'm not currently a Leaf owner, but I'm considering getting one to replace our 2003 model-year car. I'm really curious to hear how you feel about driving your Leaf in Iowa!
After I started researching some plug-in cars, I was happy to see a number of them in Iowa City in just a week or two. I can report at least 1 Tesla Model S, at least 1 Chevy Volt, and at least 2 Nissan Leafs (different colors). I assume all of them live somewhere nearby, since I've seen them more than once.
On to my questions. Answers to any or all of them are appreciated!
* Would you recommend a Leaf for the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area?
* How bad is winter driving in Iowa? Average range?
* Have you had any problems getting your Leaf serviced at local dealers or 3rd parties?
* What's the futhest you've traveled from home in your Leaf? Have you ever run out of juice?
* How do you feel about public charging in Iowa?
* Any good/bad things about owning an EV in Iowa? (I read something about lower registration rates.)
I keep looking at the Leaf and thinking that it would fit 90-95% of our uses. The problem is, of course, the range. We only have 1 car right now, and I don't want to own a 2nd unless we really need it. Until the batteries are better and there are Level 3 chargers in Iowa, it sounds like we'd have to borrow (or even rent) a car once or twice a year. That's okay, I guess... but certainly not ideal.
I still can't tell if I'm crazy for considering a Leaf, but ever since the GM EV1 in the 1990s, I've thought it would be worth supporting EVs just so the situation would get better... otherwise the charging infrastructure here won't ever take off.