There are a LOT more mentions like this without build month, and then just one suggesting that the 4/2013+ packs "may" have a better chemistry. That isn't worth much.When it comes to used LEAFs, model years 2013 and higher are a good choice for a long term purchase. Here’s why:
Better than earlier model years
Nissan made significant improvements in model year (MY) 2013 based on lots of feedback from drivers of their launch model – everything from little but convenient things like a light under the charge port cover, to major improvements like a higher rate of regular charging and a better heating system. Most importantly, Nissan made changes to improve the battery performance starting in MY 2013.
Half of a 2018 Leaf's range is ~75 miles. As you point out, rather longer. Same with new BMW i3, various Tesla models, GM Bolt, etc.HerdingElectrons wrote:Did you mean even with a new battery in a 2013 Leaf?WetEV wrote: I recommend, and have for years, that people buy new EVs only if the commute is less than the "No worries range", which is somewhere around half of the EPA range. You are beyond that range at 42.5 miles, even with a new EV. Yes, not by much, but Salt Lake City has cold winters. Freeway miles might be high speed, if not things are a little better. The slower you can drive, the longer the range on a charge.
Because 1/2 of 151 miles in a '18 certainly is more than 42.5 miles.
Rural Colorado indeed, but my local LEAF market includes a town 45 minutes away that has a Nissan dealership that sells LEAFs to the progressive residents that live there. It is common to see LEAFs being driven around.WetEV wrote: SageBrush is in rural Colorado, and his local market for used EVs probably isn't close to the national market.
I don’t know about that, car loans usually have some of the lowest interest rates. You might be better off using the money to pay down credit cards. Then if you do find a buyer for the car, but you are upside down, you can use the credit card to make up the difference.smkettner wrote: Start making double payments on the loan.
With a 18 mile one-way commute, I actually think you will do just fine with just being able to charge via L1 during the day at work (and overnight). 8 hours of 120V@12A will give you back more charge than your one-way commute.WetEV wrote:Reliable workplace charging, even L1 (120V 15A standard outlet) would change this advice. You could probably do three years or more with that. Even more if you drove the truck on the coldest days.