Not buying a 40kWh car has saved us $20,000+. That's a lot of rental car if we ever needed it.
Agreed. Few Aucklanders have a longer commute than me, and I reckon my 30kWh Leaf will still get me to work and back without a charge during the day down to about 75% SOH at least.
In the long run though as cell and pack prices decrease along with increased volume, I guess 60kWh+ will become the norm which is good too, because even if you only needed 24kWh for your normal driving, that means the car is going to last longer before you need a replacement battery - e.g. a 60kWh battery at 50% SOH is only just reaching the capacity of my car straight from the factory, so I could run a 60kWh car maybe for 10 years before I would *need* to think about replacing the battery.