Thanks for the detailed reply... unfortunately we're in the lower price range, hoping to squeeze <$12,000 out our budget to go electric. SWMBO has a 35km each way daily commute with rural driving (no freeway, low hills) so a 100km limit should still work out ok from an 80% (recommended?) charge each night?
We'll still have my trusty Corolla ICE to do longer trips in, and a converted bus for the family holidays (still trying to work out how to use a Leaf for the 'toad') so range anxiety is not an issue yet... hopefully by my turn for a 'new-for-you' car in about 5 years I can get a good 'old' Leaf Gen 3 for around $10/15K 😆
Then it's Gen 1 for the win. :-) (Sorry - misread your price range as $10k to $20k.....not $12k.)
They are very nice cars and typically well loved. The range should still easily do what you need it to do. If you topped it up to about 80% each night that would be perfect. More if you need it. Ideally, there would be a charger not far from where your wife works for those unexpected detours that come up from time to time. Maybe a couple of hours charging at work might be possible. Just needs an extension to the nearest power point, plus the EVSE that comes with the car - hopefully compatible with a 3112 household power outlet. Sometimes they give you blue commando (50% faster), but those outlets tend to be car ports and campgrounds. Shouldn't really matter if you have a fast charger not too far away. They are great for adding range in 10-15 minutes if you need it.
Any idea what a 'ball park' cost might be for the blue commando point to be added to our garage? I have a new build house on a "Lifestyle Block" so picked 3 phase supply to the mains box on the internal garage wall. I'm looking at Electric Kiwi's 'hour of power' and wondering if it's cost effective over the next 5 years or so to basically have 'free' power to run the car on?
Currently on Powershop my /kWh cost (low user) is averaging 32c/kWh but not sure how to factor in the charge costs/mileage of the car yet?
Any helpful formula or (non FB) link available?