To the OP: Are you in Orange County? If so I'd recommend going to Frank Consoli over at Tustin Nissan. Other highly recommended dealers include Connell in Costa Mesa, and if you are willing to go a long way, Fontana Nissan who has a salesperson actively involved in this forum.
As long as you can keep your miles down as already mentioned, your situation would work fine with a Leaf, and the gas and maintenance savings from not having to drive the Infiniti to/from work would likely pay for most if not all of your lease payment. The ability to charge at work removes your range anxiety, and if for some reason that does not work, (assuming your commute is between South O.C. and LA) there are several public charging stations along the way including Quick Chargers at Tustin Nissan, Connell Nissan, Cerritos Nissan, and Mitsubishi's HQ in Cypress.
Speaking of Quick Charger, make sure what whatever Leaf you get has the Charge Package, which includes the faster on-board charger and a Quick Charge port. This package is optional on the S and SV, and standard on the SL.
HighDesertDriver wrote:If you are planning to keep your ICE vehicle and can limit your annual LEAF miles to 15,000, lease for 36 months. Less than 36 will not qualify for the CA $2500 rebate. The 55 mile round trip is being done by many, but the availability of 240V charging at your work makes range a minor issue during the lease period. Leasing gives you the Fed $7500 credit immediately and removes any questions about how much you may qualify for, come April 15th.
Balance that with a couple of things though:
1. Many people, especially here in California, have managed to get superior (in terms of cents/mile) lease deals with 24 month leases rather than 36 month ones, even when you factor in the CVRP rebate.
2. The CVRP is currently out of cash, and when it does get funded there is currently a waiting list of about $10 million worth of rebates.
Whichever lease term you go with, you'll be eligible to get those white HOV exemption stickers (and there is no wait for those beyond processing time), and that will be golden when commuting to/from the O.C. The Friday evening I took my Leaf home from Tustin, I crawled northbound on I-5 at something like 20 MPH.