All I can say to the above is roll on the day when brand NZ new Nissan Leafs with proper NZ support are available at a price no greater than $40,000! Reading here and also on Facebook about all the problems that can arise when buying second-hand EVs sure is enough to make me wait until NZ new is available at a reasonable price. Well, I might go to $50,000 for NZ new, but that currently doesn't get me in the door! Perhaps one of the political parties will offer decent subsidies for NZ new buyers?
I wholeheartedly agree with you. I like the technology and have enjoyed driving my work's EVs but I can't take seriously some of the breathless excitement being expressed by people over buying from some random dealer of 2nd hand vehicles whose current entity have only been around for a few years. I looked at GVI's website and, for example, it's almost impossible to get any concrete information on the extent/coverage of their warranties. More importantly, looking at the Trademe ad that MarkH67 was excitedly mentioning, all I saw were reasons to be alarmed. For example, this is what the ad had to say for warranty:
Exclusive EV Battery / Mechanical Warranty Cover 12, 24 and 36 Months with Roadside Assistance
Sorry but on this planet and in light of our CGA, I wish the best of luck to any dealer who tries to claim that an EV, which is relatively high-priced as an upfront, capital investment, should only last for 12 months (depending on what warranty option that you buy). This especially since EVs are meant to suffer from less wear and tear. Yeah sure they didn't say that your CGA rights don't apply (because that would be illegal) but I wouldn't have any confidence in an entity's willingness to observe the CGA when they offer warranty options like this. Until I get to deal with the actual manufacturers directly or at least more established, reputable dealers, I am not willing to take a punt yet. Car manufacturers/dealers are, as a rule, far too sociopathic to risk too much upon.
Yes, I can also see a few reasons to be alarmed, particularly when a dealer says this about a Nissan Leaf:
This vehicle is superior to Japanese imports as everything is in English, making the on-screen information easy to understand & configure, adjustable units such as Miles or Kilometres, Charging control timers, Climate control timers, etc.
It is also supplied with the Factory portable charging lead, 2x Key Fobs, Owner’s Manual (Being English of course!
So, it seems that it's far better to get a UK Nissan Leaf than a Japanese one. Interpreting the quote above would suggest that a Japanese import might require a NZ owner to take a course in Japanese before driving!
So what do dealers do to convert a Japanese import to one that a NZ owner can deal with, including having NZ maps / GPS etc?
One dealer told me that the best buy is a Nissan Leaf Tekna, 30kw, 2016 or 2017, but when I checked the prices for these, they were up around the $40,000 mark, and one was even $42,000 (more than some BMW i3's).
So what are the main differences between a UK Leaf and a Japanese Leaf, are the UK ones built better etc?