I’ve gone EV!

2012 Nissan Leaf SV in Pearl White

2012 Nissan Leaf SV in Pearl White

I’ve been planning to purchase an energy-efficient vehicle for years. Originally, I thought about purchasing a Prius, but decided against it. As I explained in “Why I’m saying no to the Prius,” which I wrote back in 2008, there were two main reasons: My Volvo wasn’t very old at the time and I wanted to get 100k out of it before getting a new vehicle, and 2. I wanted better than the 45 MPG the Prius offered and was intrigued by the new all-electric vehicles that would be hitting the market.

Well, the electrics have arrived, have been on the market for a few years, and have proven that they function well. With my Volvo nearing the 100k mark and facing some upcoming repairs (brakes for example), I decided it was time to start looking at my options.

Although I normally purchase a car, Nissan has been having some really great Leaf leasing specials this fall. When I ran the numbers, I realized I could get rid of my Volvo as a trade in, spend nothing out of pockets, and get into a Leaf for a really low monthly lease rate. Our local Leaf dealer in Bellevue, Eastside Nissan, actually has a $99/mo lease deal right now. I’m seriously paying $99 a month to lease a brand-new Leaf. This is far less than the $150 a month I had been spending on gas for my Volvo. Between the lease cost and the electricity I’ll need to power the Leaf, I’ve basically got a free brand-new vehicle when comparing my previous costs. Super sweet!

There is another practical argument for leasing a Leaf instead of purchasing at this time. The technology keeps getting better and better. By the time the lease ends, I expect there will be more EV options on the market with better batteries and range. At that point, I’ll decide if leasing continues to make sense or whether it would be better to purchase. The current leases are such a good deal, though, that leasing is a no brainer at this point.

The Leaf does have its limitations, however. Even though quick charge stations are being built up and down the I-5 corridor, the Leaf isn’t super practical for long road trips. Even a quick charge station requires a 30 minute stop and the Leaf can’t hold a lot of cargo. Because we knew we would get an electric vehicle at some point, when we replaced Derek’s old car earlier this year, we very intentionally purchased a VW Jetta SportWagon TDI. When we need to load the whole family up and hit the road, this is the vehicle we will use.

So, I’m pretty excited and pleased with the new little car. I’m especially happy to have taken another step on our path to fossil fuel usage reduction. Beep beep.

Sandy

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7 Responses to I’ve gone EV!

  1. Daphne says:

    Congrats. My husband brought a plug in Prius this spring. My wheels are a bike, so it is the only car we own. Which means it had to be the Prius or the Volt. We needed a car that could use gas for any long trips we take. The Prius doesn’t have much of a range, but he convinced his company to put in plugs at the office. So he is electric both ways. When the solar goes on the roof we will be pretty happy. I’m hoping all the permitting will be finished soon so they can start.

  2. beverly henson says:

    nice car Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:25:53 +0000 To: bevhenson1@hotmail.com

  3. kitsapfg says:

    Love it! I do hope you will post periodic updates about living/driving an all electric vehicle – as I think alot of us hesitate worrying about range and recharging options. I suspicion those worries are totally unfounded, but hearing from some one directly would go a lot farther to push them aside, then just reading about it on sites that are selling the car and hence biased. I hope you are enjoying your new ride. :D

  4. Daphne, if we could only have one car, it would be a hybrid. The Prius plug in was second on my list, but since Derek has the Jeffta diesel for road trips I decided to go all electric.

    Laura, I’ll definitely write updates about the car, just as I have for our solar panels. I’m optimistic it’s going to work out well. It’s primarily going to be my daily commuter and since my office is just 8 miles away, I will easily be able to commute without worry of running out of power. If I do get low, I work at Microsoft and there are several charging stations on campus.

    Sandy

  5. willrichjou says:

    Hi Sandy and Derek. It’s been awhile since I left a comment. I just wanted to let you know I got a job with Sun Electronics in Miami selling solar panels! If you or any of your friends need a great deal give me a message. Have any of your friends been asking about going solar?

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