OK, time to post here I guess..
Got my Leaf.
Silver 2012 SL with about 11k on it. Got it from the Portland area.
Finally got my cards/keyfobs and today was the first day I brought it in to work..
Which for me is a 60 mile drive.
Yep, that's one direction, it'll be 60 miles home.
Looks like the Leaf would have made it (at least so far on the battery), but I charged in the middle.
I bought it expecting to have to charge in the middle (if I don't, great, but I am planning for it).
I'm one of the best and worst candidates for an EV.
Best, because what I'm paying for the car now is less than I was paying for my 30+ mpg driver and gas. Actually, it's less than I was paying just for gas. The car payment and oil changes/etc would be on top of that.
Worst, because my commute requires me to charge during the commute (at least once.. Not sure yet how it will work out. One large charge while at work, or 2 shorter charges along the way... We'll see as I get going..)
Yes, there's the electric costs, but I'm in an Aerovironment area, so $20/month gets me unlimited charges while out. I'll still be well under what I was paying for gas..
I expect the bars to drop (still 12 so far, but I'm realistic), but if this car lasts me 4 years it was well worth it.
By then, I'm sure I'll be in the market for something else with a bigger range...
This is a 2nd attempt for me actually.
Years (6?) ago, I bought a kit and an old bug to convert (my commute was MUCH shorter then).
And while the electric work was something I think I could have handled, the car work wasn't. And wife and I then got the house in Lincoln City, Oregon. So I donated the car/kit to the local Community College (in Salem, OR) and put my EV dreams on hold.
But finally bit the bullet.
I'm not quite at Steve Marsh range, but close-ish..
So, it's not all about saving money, as I've wanted an EV for a long time. And that's the real reason. But the numbers helped the justification.
And my wife likes the car! (Although she wanted red. Which they had, but at 24k, not at 11k.)
Hopefully this will be a fun ride for me...
(p.s. I did order an OBDII bluetooth device, so will be checking out LeafSpy when I get that..)