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Simon:
I am looking to buy a used EV and my options seem to be around a £9-11'000 Nissan leaf that has done 30'000 miles or less with the battery included in the price and a Renault Zoe for less than £6'000 that has a lease on the battery.

The Nissan could be a 30KWh battery but the Zoe's are 22kWh. so yea nice to have the little more range but as this is my first I don't want to go mad and be better prepared for my second EV.

So does £5-6000 for a battery 30kWh that is 4 years old sound like a deal?

Simon:

--- Quote from: blueskull on April 25, 2021, 09:11:52 am ---What makes you WANT an EV? The smel of leaked gas, or the cost of gas?

--- End quote ---

Both! I have a new job, I will now be driving 70 miles a day rather than 13. Electricity is cheaper. Even with a battery lease if you do the miles it is cheaper. In the summer I make my own electrons!

mikeselectricstuff:
An advantage of the lease is warranty coverage and recovery, but on the downside it can make it harder to sell. You can buy out the lease now. You also need to make sure your insurance co. know about the battery lease, as if the car is written off, the battery needs to be removed and returned to Renault in France

Something else to consider with the Zoe is it has AC only charging, at 22, or 43kW on some models, though 43kW AC chargers are only going to decrease in numbers over time, especially now Ecotricity have annnounced they're replacing most of their old units.  This is only an issue if you'll need to charge away from home. 
Another potential issue with the Zoe is that it makes an audible whine while charging, so if home charging in a quiet area, this could be annoying.

Something else you might want to look at if you want to test the water is companies like https://on.to/ who offer all-inclusive leases on EVs with minimal commitment

This is a good mostly UK-focused EV forum that should answer any other questions. https://www.speakev.com/

mikeselectricstuff:

--- Quote from: Simon on April 25, 2021, 09:14:44 am ---
--- Quote from: blueskull on April 25, 2021, 09:11:52 am ---What makes you WANT an EV? The smel of leaked gas, or the cost of gas?

--- End quote ---

Both! I have a new job, I will now be driving 70 miles a day rather than 13. Electricity is cheaper. Even with a battery lease if you do the miles it is cheaper. In the summer I make my own electrons!

--- End quote ---
70 miles  might be pushing it in winter unless you can charge at work

Simon:
hm the lease at £339 a month is not so bad I guess as I'd be spending £266 on petrol alone but they offer free charging, I'd charge at home so I will still be paying for the "fuel". They go up to 1'000 miles a month then want more money. I'll be doing 1'500 or more, I suspect that won't add 50% to the lease but they sure won't be giving it away.

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