Garba wrote:We already own a 2015 Nissan Leaf S and my wife was using it last year to commute to work with a roundtrip of around 72 miles mostly highway. But as you can guess she was scared to make it back and hence exchanged it with me for a gaser. She doesn't have charging at work and don't have the time to charge along the way.
She pays 2x the toll in bay area when using a gaser ($5 per day) vs leaf ($2.5 per day). Given the substantial savings she can get if we lease a 2017 Leaf with 30KWH battery, does it make sense for us to lease another leaf (3rd car for us)?
1) Current bill for her is around $150 per month in gas. Electricity will cost around $50 per month.
2) Current toll bill is around $110 per month. With leaf, this will drop down to $55 per month.
Will the savings offset the lease+insurance per month? Also we only have 1 car garage which I use for charging my leaf and now I will have to charge at work (slight inconvenience).
Will she qualify for the $2500 rebate given we already took one for 2015 leaf?
Any other thoughts?
So you're able to make use of the '15 leaf, but your wife can't. But her commute would benefit from a '17 leaf to the tune of $155/month or $1860/year. While you occasionally need the gasser for long trips? How often is occasionally anyway? Would it be scarce enough to justify renting a car versus the additional insurance/maintenance of keeping the gasser?
With the leaf2 and model3 being just around the corner, I think you should hold off on this discussion, at least until Sept (only costs you $310 on a $15,000 decision)