SageBrush wrote:He also is looking for the cheapest possible.
This thread strikes me as a reaction to OP's inability to sell his LEAF at the price he wants. He jumped into the EV pool with a lot of enthusiasm but not a whole lot of consideration, and wrongly figured he could climb out easily if the car did not work out.
IIRC, he paid $10k a year ago and received a $2k tax credit. Close to the same time I bought a very similar car albeit with a healthier battery for $8300 and also received the tax credit. We both live in areas where EVs are rare cars and demand is quite low.
The biggest difference between us though is that OP bought a car that was a reach from the get go for his driving and when circumstances changed for him the LEAF became inadequate overnight. My LEAF is our second car, used from day #1 for local duties. I did buy a 240v mobile EVSE as insurance and some "piece of mind" but the car is simply not ever going to be asked to be a general purpose car. I did have to agitate for over a year to finally uncover a charging method near work as a back-up, but that was always plan 'D' anyway.
This is not an EV specific issue, it is a LEAF issue. And more specifically it is a locale and OP issue. Rather than turn on EVs, I suggest he put more effort into finding or making happen an L2 charge point at his new destination. Such is the reality of buying a very range limited EV in an area with minimal charging infrastructure.
"Hacking" the car to make it work for him is just not going to happen. It sounds sexy and all and attempts to move blame to the car but it really is besides the point and completely impractical. Perhaps the gentler way to frame this is that OP has to "hack" the EV charging infrastructure. Knock on doors. Use the new employer's connections. Focus on extending the LEAF in ways that have a better chance of success.
Yes, yes, yes, maybe, and yes.
Now I don't mean to be belly aching about EV's or Leafs. I guess I do sound like that. In reality I love my Leaf. But I also love my job. I guess they are like two beautiful single interested women and having to chose which one to marry.
But still I do believe there is a bit of truth in that newer cars, EV's and hybrids in particular, are becoming less friendly for the DIY'er. And I'm not the only one who would love to be able to work on his own EV. Many people would love to drop a 40 to 60 kWh pack into their pre-2018 Leaf. Is it technically possible to do so? Yes, it has been done in certain ways with certain pros and cons. Price may be one of them.
Who knows what type of aftermarket parts will be available in the future. There is the Engineer pack already. But it just seems that whereas you can take an ICEV and drop a bigger engine into it, or a hot cam, or a bigger exhaust, you can't just drop in a bigger battery into an EV. At least the OEM's aren't cooperating. After all the world is becoming more and more a throwaway society. If we could upgrade our Leafs with $5,000 40kWh packs that would be awesome! But not even the 30kWh batteries are compatible, even though they bolt up and plug right in.