So I've been researching EVs online and stumbled upon a post made by a Nissan Leaf owner...sheesh. I'm looking forward to ordering a Model X in a year, but was researching the 1/3 priced Leaf. There is an issue with Leaf batteries in some vehicles, especially in hot areas. The Leaf battery is not thermally protected, not warranted and the range of the vehicle can be adversely affected in hot locations.
Here is the post made by the Leaf owner who is only getting 30 miles of range while living in
: "So six months into being an EV driver, I hate this technology and am shopping for a gas guzzler for the first time in my life." Remember that Nissan does NOT warranty their batteries.
That post does two things for me: 1) convinces me that regardless of price, any EV with non-replaceable batteries is a risk, and 2) only Tesla has solved the battery degradation problem by having replaceable cells.
I am a businessman and always look at alternatives and the true cost of an object, especially suspicious of cutting-edge technology. I was going to agree with a post on the Model S that made a good case that a $100K EV car is not economically viable. On pure cost, it probably isn't. HOWEVER, the Leaf owner's experience proves an important point: if you go electric, there is no other car than Tesla. Some Leaf owners will have a $30K paperweight in their driveways with no recourse. I was also looking to prove that buying two Leafs (one after the other) was a good alternative to a $100K Tesla...but that's not true, either. The Leaf battery is part of the frame, not meant to be replaced. That means that once the battery degrades to a marginal range, the utility of the vehicle is effectively zero. Even a zero-book-value 1975 Dodge Omni has value: it can still move it's passengers hundreds of miles a day.
So my conclusion is this, and doesn't change my desire for a Tesla: you won't save enough $ in fuel and maintenance over an ICE to pay for a $100K Tesla, you just won't. For pure low-cost transportation, get a Scion IQ and be done with it. If, however, you want the best car Consumer Reports has ever tested and want a vehicle that can outlive any one battery pack, Tesla is your only option. The 3X price difference is easily justified in that you have an unlimited life vehicle. A 1/3 priced car that's unsalable and maybe unusable is no value. Please, no flames from any Leaf owners, I mean no insult. All I'm saying is that my research tells me that a Tesla is worth every penny, even at $100K.