Back in 2011 when I first ordered my LEAF I thought a longer range version would be out in 2016. Then it was 2017, now 2018...maybe. So I'm not holding my breath. Still, by whatever time it's available, so will be the Bolt and the Model 3, possibly others, with competitive range and pricing. I remain hopeful that the Chevy and Tesla competition will make all three vehicles better than they otherwise would have been.
Since LEAF models newer than my 2012 offer me little benefit and even the range of a 2017 is insufficient to replace my ICE vehicle, I am indeed looking to Gen2, whenever it and its competitors arrive.
As to pricing, I think Chevy, Tesla, and Nissan have to be careful about going wild because of competition. And in my mind, one of the serious competitors is a 2- to 3-year-old Model S. Given that the S is the amazing vehicle that it is, I'm not overlooking the possibility of replacing my 2012 LEAF with a, for example, 2014 or so Model S, if none of the newer models tickles my fancy. To me, this tickling will likely be worth $15k-$20k price difference and becomes even more attractive if the Bolt, 3, or Gen2 LEAF are priced so high as to be even closer to the used S.
So goes my ruminations as of today...all goes out the window as the facts change.
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