I was seriously thinking about buying this LEAF (first time LEAF buyer!) but still had caveats. Either the battery had to degrade quickly enough to reasonably guarantee I would get a warranty replacement or slow enough that it would last at least 6-7 years which meant 100,000 to 120,000 miles. So I pretty much had a "no buy zone" of 70% to 80% SOH projection at 100,000 miles. Over 80% and I could manage with that. Under 70% and I would find a way to get the required degradation. And yes, I will admit the $9655 residual was a very strong pro buy point that was hard to ignore.
No down payment. I made 21 payments of $382.94 totaling $8041.74.
All in all, a great car. The range is sufficient to cover even extreme commutes. The worst efficiency I saw was about 105 miles on a charge but that was driving in monsoon conditions on the way to Portland. Typical WA winter drives saw 120 on the lower end. Despite the capacity loss, I still did several 150 mile drives this past Summer on a charge without issues. I know there is a lot of talk about TMS and why Nissan doesn't have it but its becoming clear to me the issue is less the heat and more the SOC. This led me to the conclusion that more capacity is what I needed but not for road tripping. More capacity allows me to live in the middle of the SOC range much easier.
IOW; the deadly combination you want to avoid is high heat and high SOC. High heat alone won't do it. When I noticed my degradation rate dropping off (easy to notice when I just "dash it" when the numbers don't change and I am looking at whole pages of dashes where the numbers might change 4-5 times) I decided to not charge at home for road trips. Twice I started 400 mile trips with an SOC UNDER 20%. Needless to say, it didn't take long for my pack to get hot and stay that way.
This created a lot of firsts for me.
First time ever seeing power restricted due to heat (happens when you get over about 132º)
FYI; I only lost about 6 of the 16 power segments. In my day to day driving, I could lose 8 of them and never know it. I simply don't drive like that. (unless I am showing off)
First time at 12 temperature bars. Not really a big thing, except I did it about 5 times including 3 times on one trip. Interesting note; Before the RapidGate update, I couldn't even hit 11 temperature segments simply because the QC rate drops to nearly nothing when the pack gets hot. Last year at North Bend, I charged at 14 KW and the temperature DROPPED from 124º to 122º!
By now you have all guessed my next blog will be introducing the newest member of the family. Some of you might be wondering what it is while others of you might have already guessed since I have dropped several hints on Facebook, MNL, etc. I haven't settled on a title for the next entry but a few proposed and rejected;
"One For The Thumb" Sounded good at first until I realized it was the Pittsburgh Steelers War Cry the year they Beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Definitely don't need reminders of that!
"Some People Never Learn" Kind of a joke but implies that mistakes were made which is far far far from true. Any purchase decision requires weighing and balancing several factors. I think I scored on this one and I will tell you why!.... Soon.
"If You Are A Deserving Family, Go See Ray!" I think that one speaks for itself. 😎