So having sold my car, I'm now in the market for a leaf. The conundrum I'm having is whether to go gen1 or gen2. I'm quite familiar with all the feature advantages etc of gen2 over gen1 - I'm not worried about that.
For me, it comes down to two d's: depreciation, and depletion.
I'm expecting to own the car for 3-5 years. My daily commute is a 70km round trip, but I do go on-call sometimes, so I will often have to make that trip twice in a day - hell, 3 times sometimes. There is a fast charger half way between home and work, so it's not the end of the world (Although I don't fancy sitting in a dark carpark at 3am in the morning for 20 minutes...but anyway).
I can only afford the budget end of the range. My initial budget is $12k. ($7k that I got for selling my ICE car, and $5k on top of that). I've justified to the wife the $5k will be paid back in about 18 months through the expected ~$75 per week savings I'll be getting.
However, if a gen1 battery would deplete to the point it couldn't get me through a day's trip with some spare after a few years, that might change things. Also the depreciation rate would effect my decision.
From a purely financial point of view (Ie: Not bells and whistles...heat pumps vs resistive etc), can anyone provide me a solid argument to increase my budget to ~$15k to buy a gen2 leaf over a gen1 leaf, based solely on TCO over 5 years including depreciation, expected battery degradation, and $75 per week savings?
This will be presented to the household CEO - so it better be good.