ejm4 wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:10 am
Just took delivery of my 2020 SV Plus yesterday. This is my first EV car. I do have Mustang Mach E GT on reservation, but who know how long that will take to arrive and that's a different story.
My curiosity with EV's really started when I reserved the Mustang. My three kids all high school and middle school age think Tesla is the ONLY option for an EV. So after we reserved the Ford, I started watching YouTube videos on EV's and Tesla's (who watches cable anymore?) The more videos I watched I became even more interested in them. Since I am planning on taking delivery of the Mustang within 18 months I wanted something short term. Reference the earlier comment about my kids & Tesla... While I gave the Model 3 a hard look, the lease numbers were just not favorable.
My search then switched to the Kia and the Nissan. While here in PA the Kia is not offered in EV and I would have to travel to Maryland to purchase one. I did stop at the local Kia dealer and "kick the tires" on the ICE version, not really my cup of tea. The next day I made an appointment at the local Nissan dealer. They had the vehicle inside and the salesman was also a leaf owner which helped answer some real world questions about EV ownership. Due to C-19 they turned me loose in the standard SV model. 20 miles or so later I was enjoying the drive and the car. We negotiated what I thought was a crazy 24 month lease on a SV Plus model with heated seats, etc.
While I am only in my second day of EV life the car seems like it will be a perfect fit for my everyday commuter car. While we have larger SUVs for family trips, I do plan to take it on a mini-road trip to experience it and charging while traveling longer distances.
My previous commuter was a VW Passat TDI with no remote start. It was super cool this morning to open the Leaf's app and turn the climate control on and it was toasty warm when I opened the door to leave. For comparison here in South Central PA it's in the mid 20's in the morning and VW TDI would take at least 6 miles of driving before the engine would warm enough to produce heat.
While mentioned my previous commuter car was a low sipping diesel Passat and now no gas at all Leaf, I do love some good old fashion ICE cars and my gas guzzling Ford Mustang GT fits the bill when I want to raise some hell and race the Mopar Hellcat red light to red light!