CarlFlat wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:08 pm
So I'm now left with my internal struggle; 2017 first generation within my budget, or allocate more money and get a 2nd generation - which, unfortunately, is still weak in terms of range. But I really can't resolve this before I drive a 2017.
I'm closer, but still can't yet get off the fence.
FWIW, depreciation on a new LEAF is heavy over the first 5 years. So, as long as you plan to keep that 2019 LEAF long term, that's not a big deal.
However, if you plan to change cars within the next 5 years, or you just like a bargain, then that 12 bar 2016 SV looks like a better choice. You should be able to get it for $12K before taxes.
You mentioned you have a RAV 4, for sake of argument I'll assume it's a 2005, which gets 22 mpg combined (when new, likely worse now). If you drive 15,000 miles per year, and pay $2.50 per gallon, then that's roughly (15,000 miles / 22 mpg) x $2.50 per gallon = $1700 in annual gas costs. I could add in oil changes and other unavoidable maintenance of your average ICE car, but that's really not even necessary...
I think you pay about $0.12/kWh for electricity where you live. So, a 2016 SV that averages 4 miles/kWh will consume roughly 3,750 kWh to travel those same 15,000 miles. Your electricity cost on that is roughly $450 annually.
In other words, you should save about $100 every month in fuel savings alone vs your RAV 4.
Further, if you take a $10,000 loan over 5 years, that's about $180 per monthly payment. So, for the term of the loan, your LEAF will cost you a net of $80 monthly. Once the loan is paid off, it will cost you only $40 monthly for electricity (less if you sometimes get free public charging).
If you decide to sell the LEAF after 5 years (not sure why anyone would, since it's practically free transport at that point), then it will likely still be worth $4K.
Pretty hard to beat the TOC on a 3 year old LEAF...
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
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