I wonder if there is any evidence that the lack of thermal management is the reason behind the Leaf's 23% battery degradation vs a Tesla's 10% over 10 years?
It would be good to see some stats on that. And I agree with the use case of it being a commuter car. I doubt whether a Tesla is better value for money that the Leaf or does better than the Leaf battery without thermal management in NZ looking at battery degradation comparing a similar size of battery and similar charging patterns (e.g. with 64 kWH Leaf). The Teslas look nice though, I got to give them tha, but do have another price bracket.
Only time I'm missing active thermal management is indeed on those odd long trips on a hot (25C+) Summer day quick charging more than 2 times on the same day.