quote: Now if you lived farther away than the average commute, then electric really doesn't make any sense.
quote: I also don't think leasing is ever a good deal, or buying brand new either but if you are going to do it, the leaf is not the cheapest of options, nor the best options.
quote: Oh so now its about performance no longer the secondary car?
quote: As far as the Rio goes, if you had bothered to look at the link you would have saw all of these:
quote: Not a single car on that list can be leased and fueled for less than $240/mo. If you think so, then prove me wrong.
quote: The Leaf:-seats 3 more people-has over twice the passenger volume-has twice the trunk space-gets to 60mph 5 seconds quicker
quote: If electric started taking off, it seems to me that the electrical grid doesn't have a lot of excess capacity to absorb the added demand so the price of electricity would go up.
quote: A car lasts 15 years, not 5. It's an easy lifetime win.
quote: The Prius Hybrid battery last over 10 years for most people due to the limited charge/discharge cycles (they don't fully charge or discharge the battery).
quote: A 5 year old Leaf (or any electric car) is likely to have a low resell value due to the battery being close worn out.
quote: If you do replace the battery 10 years from now, it will be a lot cheaper then, and the car will likely be usable another 10 years.
quote: If you include the tax credit, the breakeven point is (($28800-$7500-$13600)/$4)*30 mi/gal = 57750 miles.
quote: First I get an extra $6500 in tax credit from the state [...] Lastly you didn't take into account for electricity, however I get mine for free.
quote: Sounds like you have a lot of other people paying for your lifestyle.
quote: Wow [...]
quote: The tax incentives are a statement of belief by our government/s that this is a technology they believe benefits our society as a whole and is worthy of being nurtured
quote: At least it is a little more transparent then being manipulated into a given (profitable) 'lifestyle' by some greedy auto manufacture's marketing department.
quote: If you lease any vehicle then resale is a non issue
quote: Reliability? Leaf? Have you missed the articles about its range problems?
quote: Instant torque? Really? It's a commuter car. You racing your leaf? How much torque do you need for stop light traffic?
quote: Again provide me a link to where I can lease a leaf at that price!
quote: but range isn't a factor
quote: You can continue to ignore all the articles talking about issues with the batteries if you want. I didn't realize that unless it comes from consumer reports that it just cant be real.