kolmstead wrote:So I'm back to driving Prius or diesel pickup. No more EV.
Bummer, Karl. Any plans on getting back to a plug-in after retirement? I wonder what the salvation army will do with it - I suspect just auction it off.
The fact is that a '11 Prius with the same mileage would be worth about double what your LEAF was worth on the used market at this point. And the Prius would probably have another 5 years and 50k miles left on it before any major work required, too. Really need that battery to last 10 years 100k miles or the financial benefits of an EV are lost.
Unfortunately the "lizard" batteries while improved, don't appear to hit that target in the desert. At least the 30 kWh LEAFs will still provide usable range after they lose 30% capacity, and they have a better warranty so they better be more durable for Nissan's sake.
My LEAF only does 30 miles on a 80% charge to LBW these days and in the low 40s to LBW unless I really baby it. I can squeeze about 55 miles out of a charge taking it down past VLBW. I hit LBW 14 times in the last month and that's with charging to 100% 6 days a week. That's probably about the same number of times I hit LBW the first 3 years of ownership.