kiev wrote:i hope the Laef works out well for you, they are nice cars--almost luxury compared to the triples. i fixed one up for my daughter and she is loving it.
Take care, let's hope we can all survive this virus and lockdown mess.
Yeah there's a lot to like about a 30kWh Leaf, it does Kinda feel like luxury compared to the Ion, especially in the heating and insulation department.
The doors all have a thick layer of carpet underfelt behind the door cards and it seems to be draught free as well making it feel warm and cosy, and once warmed up (or preheated) the heater is just ticking over unless its near freezing outside. On top of that the heat pump and instant heat ceramic PTC heater means it can put out a lot of heat quickly without much power. Timed plugged in preheat is luxury in cold weather too, and remote preheat via the smartphone app is nice when not plugged in. (As the timer only works plugged in)
Probably the biggest disappointment with the Leaf for me is the Leather seats while more comfortable than the park bench seats in the Ion (which were extremely uncomfortable for me even with a seat cover) still aren't very comfortable as they're somewhat hard and the side bolsters in the base are hard, pointy and too close together and nip into the side of your legs, so I've been experimenting with different seat covers to mitigate that.
But other than that it's going really well. Summer range in my Ion was down to 50-55 miles and 30-35 miles in winter. On the same commute I was getting 107 miles range on the Leaf back in warm July weather and am still getting around 90 miles in near freezing (0C) conditions last week, so nearly 3x the winter range of the Ion - and that's with the heater turned up to a warm toasty 22C vs using bare minimum heater in the Ion and layers of warm clothes..