cxhansen wrote: ↑Mon Feb 06, 2023 9:06 pm
I don't anticipate driving long range with the Leaf often, but I'm disappointed that my brand new car was built with completely obsolete charging technology. Ask me next week, but if someone asked me, "Why would anyone but a Nissan Leaf right now?" the answer would be that nobody should.
You can see by the other responses that people realize the LEAF is not a general purpose car. I found the LEAF use case unacceptable since I wanted to only own one car. However, I really am not tempted by long drives so I bought a Bolt that would let me travel ~ 200 miles one way without aggravation. In the Bolt DC charging is slow but widespread enough for where I might travel, and improving rapidly. For the odd trip that the Bolt is a poor choice I'll rent a Tesla.
CHAdeMO is on the way out, often broken, and not maintained. That is today. In the future it will be worse. I really do think that a LEAF buyer should view the car as not having DC charging. Doing otherwise is likely to lead to buyer's remorse.
As said above, your slow DC charging was due to a cold battery. Tesla and a few other EVs warm up the battery before you arrive at the charging station to solve this problem. It is usually called 'battery pre-conditioning.' LEAF does not have this feature
The above covers winter charging and DC charging. The LEAF has other major problems, including rapid gating in the summer (presuming DC charging is available), and more rapid battery degradation compared to EVs with battery pack thermal control. Then you get to consider the generally poor experience at Nissan dealerships, sky high repair costs in the context of overall good reliability, and absolutely terrible customer service from Nissan.
I would not go so far as to say that nobody should buy a LEAF, but I think it better be dirt cheap. The LEAF I owned cost me $7k to buy. That made for a high value ownership experience.
2013 LEAF 'S' Model bought Jan 2017 from N. Cal @ 90% SOH
SOLD 7/2022 @ 83% SOH