Thanks to the good folks at Autochargers.ca and Bohnert Electric we have a L2 EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) charger installed in our garage. The Juicebox Pro 40 is highly rated, and provides more than the 6.6kW that the 2018 Leaf needs. The Juicebox also has some nifty Wi-Fi features that let us control and monitor it through a simple to use app. The Juicebox also works with Alexa, but being that Amazon has not been particularly stellar with it's roll-out of the Echo devices in Canada, we cannot install the skill to test that feature (hopefully, this will be fixed in the near future, as it is a VERY SIMPLE change that has to be made on Amazon/eMotorWerks end).
Ontario is showing its support for electric vehicles by offering up to $1,000 to help with the purchase and install charging stations for home or business use.
Living in Grey County does have a few drawbacks, and one of the major ones (other than having access to Fibre Optic Internet), is that winters are brutal on cars. We are called the "Snow Belt" after all.
After doing a lot of research, and listening to some very passionate and opposing views on the EV Car Facebook groups that I belong to, I made the decision to go ahead and have our new Leaf rust proofed at Krown Rust Control in Owen Sound. The whole process took about an hour, and other than the minor over spray and seepage that I was told to let "happen" for the first 24 hours, there were no problems. A quick car wash the next day, and our Scarlet Ember Leaf was shiny as new!
We have used Krown on all our vehicles, and have never had an issue with rust. We plan on keeping the Leaf for at least 5 years, and would like to keep it in tip top shape.
Thanks to some constant social media pressure, a little hard work, and the great people at Baywest Nissan in Owen Sound, we have our new 2018 SL a few months early. Originally, we were going to wait until June/July/August/The End of the Earth for a black SV, but we are very happy that we bit the bullet, paid the $2500 extra, and bought the Scarlet Ember SL. She's a beauty.
Shout out to Waterloo Nissan for being so understanding, and returning our deposit without any hassle.
Car and Driver put the new 2018 Leaf through it's paces, and produced a very thorough and detailed review. It's worth the read (they give the car 3.5 stars), and they summarize their experience with this EV as follows:
Some very encouraging news, as the Kelley Blue Book has listed the 2018 Nissan Leaf as the car with the lowest 5 year cost of ownership. The 2018 LEAF has also been nominated for World Car Of The Year award. The metric for the calculation included such factors as expected depreciation, fuel costs (electricity), finance charges, and insurance premiums, together with maintenance expenses, repair costs, and provincial and federal taxes.
My wife had one request when I went in search of a new car...."anything but black". We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of our BLACK 2018 Leaf. Why? Price. It's that simple. There are some awesome paints available for the 2018 models, most notably "Deep Blue Pearl", which was my first choice. Unfortunately, in Nissan's infinite wisdom all paint choices, other than "Super Black" have a price premium. Add in the fact that dealerships are not negotiating any sort of price break on the Leaf, meant there was no wiggle room to even talk about the $300 up charge to order the blue car. "Pearl white" , "Scarlet Ember", even the super ugly "Jade Frost" all had an extra cost associated with them (ranging from $180-$300Cdn). I have a simple, I don't pay for paint policy..so black it is....(even though that blue was so damn sexy....)
Well, I pulled the trigger and put a deposit down on a 2018 Leaf SV from Waterloo Nissan. The search for an electric vehicle replacement for my wife's 2007 Honda Civic has been a bumpy one. The Tesla Model 3 is an awesome looking vehicle, but production issues could keep it in very short supply for years. The 2018 Chevy Bolt also had me very excited, but a few issues with the seating in the car (I am 6ft8), and again a very restrained supply chain made it a no-go as well. In fact, one Chevy dealer I was in contact told me that there was no way to purchase a 2018 Bolt, and I would need to put down a deposit now for the unannounced 2019 model.
I was aware of the Nissan Leaf, but I really did not do any in depth research on them, as I wanted a car with a 60KWh because of where we live in rural Ontario, and what my wife's daily commute would entail. EVs also have a shorter range in the winter, partially due to battery chemistry and also because of the need to run the heater to keep the occupants comfortable. Since Chatsworth seems to be stuck in winter 6 months of the year, the 60KWh battery seemed to be the only solution.
Further research, along with the opportunity to actually test drive a Leaf changed my mind. The 40KWh battery in the 2018 model (yes, a 60KWh model has been announced for 2019) and the Ontario government's Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) meant that I could secure a solution for my family for around $30000 all in. This was almost $10000 cheaper than the "maybe in 2019" Bolt, and $12k cheaper than the "maybe you'll see it sometime this decade" Model 3. A looming Provincial election in June of this year, also meant that I could not count on the rebate being available when the Bolts and Model 3s finally arrive.
I have done a great deal of research over the past few weeks, and will continue to do so for the next few months until my Leaf arrives. I am going to use this little blog space on my website to share my research, findings and, eventually, thoughts about my Leaf purchase.