In the EV world there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding Costco stores in California ripping out their old charging stations. Unbelievably they were doing this in spite of the fact that they could have had their stations upgraded for very minimal cost from a grant. Instead Costco in most cases not only ripped out the charging stations, but even poured cement down the conduit so in many cases if they are going to install updated stations it’s going to be from scratch.
Here is an article from Green Car Reports from back in 2011 talking about this a little:
The folks over @ Green Car Reports got a chance to check out the Wireless charging Nissan is working on with parking assist. Check out their great video report below. Ok, it’s kinda cool, but isn’t it way less time and complication to simply take 3 seconds to plug in and probably way less cost? Who wants to futz around with lining up the car perfectly?
This is a good/better ad, but it’s still not getting to the heart of what really sells. I do like the new bit about powering your house at some point, but even that was kinda obscured. There is a tiny bit about not getting petrol ever, but there is no mention directly that it can be nearly 1/10 the cost of gas(at least here in California) or no oil changes or regular maintenance, etc. Feeling good and green all over is great, but after your early adopters it’s more about cost of ownership. I am still waiting for the ad simply showing car x vs leaf and a yearly costs savings vs petrol and maintenance.
Let’s say you have an older paid for car getting around 30 mpg(average) and are spending $350 per month on gas for commuting. This is a pretty easy amount for a lot of people. 30 miles to and from work, plus errands, kids soccer games, weekends, etc. Also don’t forget your older car is going to require maintenance and likely some repairs during the next few years. Let’s add in another $75 for oil changes, repairs, etc. Something most people don’t calculate is down time for oil changes, repairs, etc. We won’t do that here, but it’s a something to consider. How much is your time worth? Anyway let’s be on conservative side and say driving your car minus, taxes, etc is around $400.00 per month.
A brand new Nissan Leaf lease is currently around $200.00 with $3000.00 down and another $1500.00 for a charging station and setup(you can do this yourself pretty easily for less). Electricity costs vary, but in California it’s around $40.00 for the same commute or less depending if you use time-of-use metering or not. Other states electricity rates are much less. Add in about $120 per month for the down payment and charging station install and you roughly get $340.00 per month for everything including electricity. There is no real maintenance to speak of for a Leaf other than a once a year check up if you choose to do it. Honestly we have found just by going and getting the free “updates” is good enough since they check the batteries then too. Tires, wind shield fluid and wiper blades are all we have done on our Nissan Leaf in nearly 1 1/2 years.
So even with a paid for car you still can save about $60 per month by leasing a new Nissan Leaf.
If you have a new car you are using for your commute and are making monthly payments, your savings are even larger. Even if you turn in the car early and take a negative equity hit you’ll gain all the savings in not paying for gas on top of your current payment.