“In the three months since I bought my 2015 Nissan LEAF, I have introduced it to several friends and neighbors. To date, in my admittedly unscientific survey, the first question they ask is, “How long does the battery last?” Not some, not quite a few, everyone I have taken for a ride in the car has asked that question.”
See The First Question People Ask About An Electric Car Is…Besides the apparent foot-dragging of some manufacturers a major barrier to adoption of electric vehicles is knowledge of consumers. Those who drive EVs love them. Those who don’t are puzzled by them.
The issue of lifetime of batteries is one of those questions. No one asks how many years an infernal combustion engine lasts. They ask how many miles/km one can drive before it wears out. The same should be true for batteries in EVs. My soon-to-be Solo EV’s battery is guaranteed 5 years and is rated for 3000 charge-discharge cycles, about 30 years of commuter driving. Suppose I drove 500km/day, 3 cycles. The Solo would still be humming after 1000 days, 500000km. I certainly won’t drive like that. Will you? The battery costs just a couple thousand dollars, just 0.4 cents/km… I can afford that. That’s about the same as the cost of charging the thing, too, way less than the cost of fuelling and yes, changing the engine periodically in an ICEd vehicle. So, let’s move on to the next question, “Where can I buy one?”.
I put my deposit down on a Solo almost two years ago at SmallEV.com. These things take time for a startup. Nissan has sold hundreds of thousands of Leafs. I don’t like that design but I could have bought one two years ago for the wait… So, do it now instead of waiting for the perfect EV to come along. Used Leafs are on the market at good prices and they have lots of remaining life.