Hello, all! Long time, no visit (June 2020 was the last time, so far as I can tell).
Need a bit of help trying to decide what to do with my leaf. Here are my circumstances:
As you can see from my signature, 18 months ago (or perhaps even more than that) I was at 87,000 miles on the odometer. Today I am at 87,142. That's right, I've driven my LEAF 142 miles since the last time I updated my signature (which could well have even earlier than my last post here).
What has happened? Well, like many, I began working from home in March 2020 and I haven't been to the office since. When work started insisting on a return to the office environment in November 2020 (bear in mind - no vaccines yet), that and other events in my life around the same time made me decide to leave the job altogether and take early retirement.
My wife also had enough (non-Covid19 related) health issues in fall of 2020 that we decided she would no longer drive her 2013 Volt. She's doing quite a bit better now, thanks for asking, but at the end of the day she didn't really want to drive anymore, what with having me available to chauffeur and all. After she quit driving, I decided that the Volt was the more practical car to keep licensed and insured.
As a result, yes, I've put only a handful of miles on the LEAF in the last couple of years. It's currently on non-op with the DMV and is not insured. Though, since our community (technically) has private roads, I have been driving it slowly and carefully around the neighborhood the long way to go get our mail, just to make it feel a little bit loved. I probably would be better to walk and get the excessive myself, but exercising the LEAF is my excuse not to. LOL!
Also worth mentioning, as I offer the various options, is that my LEAF still has 11 bars on the 2015 warranty replacement pack, with a range of probably 70-75 miles, and that we are down to about 29 EV miles from the Volt when fully charged, which is more than adequate for 95% of our daily driving. Also worth mentioning is that the Volt only has 34,000 miles on the odometer and we need to use gas in it probably to the tune of around 5-6 gallons annually.
So, the choices as I see them are threefold. And I list them here in order of preference:
1) Sell the Volt and keep the LEAF. If I keep the LEAF, I’d like to investigate upgrading the battery pack with a 62KwH pack from a wrecked newer model. There really isn’t anything wrong with my LEAF other than the roof needing paint or wrapping (bad clear coat). I’d also like to try and figure out a way to keep and use my 2015 pack for home energy storage on my solar system. Or, I suppose, I could sell it. I know this upgrade would cost quite a bit, but there still is an emotional attachment to my LEAF and if I could get it to 200+miles of range, it would certainly enhance it's practicality.
2) Sell both the LEAF and the Volt and put the money towards a gently used Tesla Model S with longer range (70D, 85D, etc…). Preferably one with free lifetime supercharging.
3) Sell the LEAF and keep the Volt. This is the most boring option, but obviously also the cheapest and maybe the easiest.
Thoughts and opinions, please?
Last edited by mwalsh
on Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:15 am, edited 1 time in total.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 87,000 miles
2015 pack on 12/30/15
Bosch AGM 12v
Ecopia 422+ tires
L1 EVSE upgrade
Superbright LED lighting
2013 sun visors
GT-R map lamp lenses
Altima illuminated door switches