As reported over @ Inside Ev’s and other blogs, there are some cool new features announced in Japan for the leaf. Leather seats, new trim, remote open of charge port, etc. I think one of the best is now is it appears that range is reported in State of Charge Percentage like EV folks have been asking for since the beginning. This gives you a much more accurate idea for the driver as to how much range they have left. We are all used to doing this with our laptops and other devices. Let’s hope this will be part of the new US and other countries features as well.
As noted by plugincars.com, this is really starting to get interesting. I think the next couple years we’ll definitely be crossing that threshold from early adopter to the next group of people who see their neighbors and friends saving money,
never(ok rarely) doing maintenance and on purpose going to gas stations to only grab a red bull
You can have wireless charging in your garage. You can see it here: http://www.pluglesspower.com/
It’s cool I guess, but based on reports installation is over $4,000. I can get an EVSE installed by my electrician for less than $1300.00 now and that should drop quickly. Is it really that hard get out of your car and plug in? Also it’s the same 240 Volt power anyway. Why do i need this again? J1772 EVSE(charging station) units are very simple and should be under $500.00 in just a couple years. Maybe someone out there can explain the magical benefits other than not touching a cord?
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:
So interestingly over on CarStations a user who stopped by the Simi Valley Costco store went in and asked about the old stations here. See the latest comments: http://carstations.com/449
They were told that the store was getting some new J1772 stations? Maybe we’ll find out more soon.
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 article below Scott Shulman at abcnews was from a few weeks ago, but it’s a nice description of what EV drivers already know. Gas prices, who cares
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.