OK, I think this seals the deal on deciding to lease Vs purchase. Mark Perry's "I expect most first year buyers to lease" has been haunting me for over a year. Obviously he knows something about the battery life that I don't.
So this confirms it. The battery life is functionally 5 years. (yes I know it will go on holding a charge at some increasingly lower capacity for many more years, but that's really missing the point.)
So adding all the factors together - 100 mile range is really about 75-80 in other than perfect conditions, 5 year degradation, puts range at about 60 miles, (probably about 45 miles in our frozen winters), no capacity warranty on the battery - there is no hope that this car will meet my needs past 5-6 years. I have always bought (usually with cash), but that presumes the car will last at least 8 years. Will lease for 3-4 years and hope for a better battery in Gen2.
reserved : 05/25/2010
AV installed : What, do you think I'm crazy? Got Phil's EVSE upgrade!
Order letter : 9/29/2011
Order date: 1/21/2012
MY Leaf: RED! SL
delivery date: April 5, 2012