CRLeafSL wrote:Well my Leaf is gone. Turned her back into the dealer. It was a learning curve but now I know what an electric car has to have for me to buy. The Leaf isn't even close to meeting my criteria so no more for me until they make big drastic changes to it.
One thing I learned from driving my Prius over the years was that no vehicle works as well in a cold climate as a warm one. The car was far less efficient in the winter months as the demand for energy for cabin and engine heat increased as well as the effect of cold tires, dense air etc. In summer I could easily get 48-50 mpg in the car, in the winter as low as 35-38 as my driving style often involves many short trips.
CRLeafSL wrote:I'm going back to a '99 Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup with a 5.9L in it and am actually looking forward to it.
Understandable. The thing about gasoline is its a great fuel that produces an enormous amount of energy for its volume and when employed in a vehicle like that the changing temperatures and other outside conditions are hardly noticeable on its efficiency (but still true nevertheless). Cold climates require "energy to burn" (pun intended) and that is just never (not in my lifetime) going to be the case for a BEV or frankly even a hybrid. I applaud you for trying one where you live, but if I lived in Wisconsin or Minnesota full time I wouldn't buy a BEV or hybrid. Iowa is not much better. But the fact that Nissan made dealers there take some Leafs sure help me get one on the cheap
2013 Leaf S /w Charge Package - Purchased new in Iowa City Dec. 2014
My previous car was a 2008 Prius Touring Package 5 - 73k Miles, 43 MPG lifetime