I'd like to kick off a discussion about buying/leasing an EV to replace an EV. Before I get into details, I want to mention that of course buying a car is highly personal in terms of taste and what works for one person is a terrible fit for another. Having a degree + graduate work in economics, I've studied more about utility functions and consumer choices in various microeconomics classes than I care to think about. Part of my interest in starting this discussion is selfish, as my wife and I are planning to replace my 2013 Leaf S fairly soon, highly likely no more than 18 months from now, possibly much sooner. But I think/hope it could be useful for others here as well as newcomers to this site. On to the fun stuff... This is different from buying a first EV for one important reason: I don't have any uncertainty about what range I really need, how my wife and I will like life with an EV, etc. We're a two-car household, and for my car, an EV is definitely the way to go. I've loved driving my Leaf (but had one really bad experience with Nissan -- see below) and can't see us ever going back to a vehicle that uses anything but electricity. Our car still hasn't lost a bar, drives great, recharges overnight in our garage, has enough space for people and stuff, etc. Because of where I live (Finger Lakes Region of NY), I will likely have local access to the new, longer-range Kia Soul EV and the Hyundai Kona EV, plus I happen to be in an area with four local Nissan dealers(!), which probably helps explain why seemingly every 5th car on the road is a Rogue. We also have some high volume Chevy dealers, including one (Bob Johnson) that claims to be the largest volume Chevy dealer in the US, although they seem to no longer carry the Bolt or the Volt. But my location also means that there's almost no chance I'll have a Tesla facility nearby; the closest ones are Cleveland or Toronto, which is too far for our comfort. So, to focus things a bit, here are our feelings about various models: 2018 Nissan Leaf S Range and price are fine, and we like everything about the car, but haven't driven one yet. The one, highly subjective thing, that's making us pause is the way we were treated by Nissan when the heater in my '13 Leaf broke about 3 months ago. Short version: The total repair bill was an absurdly high $1,837, which included 9.5 hours of labor(!). I wrote to Nissan and very politely pointed out how unreasonable this was, and they declined to do anything to help me. So the thought of buying or leasing a car from them is not exactly pleasant. By later this year perhaps we'll soften our view. 2019 Leaf S Will all 2019 Leafs have the 60 kWh pack? If so, at what price? (I keep seeing people toss around a price delta of $5,000, but I don't know if this is a guess or a leak.) And will the impending arrival of the 2019s late(r) this year mean Nissan will fire sale the remaining 2018s? I wouldn't mind buying/leasing a 2018 late this year if I can get a genuinely good deal. (My 2013 Leaf was a lease, which I extended for 6 months and then bought when they were offering people an $8,000 incentive. My total cost for my Leaf -- money down + lease payments + buyout cost -- was $18,000. I don't expect to come near another score like that.) Chevy Bolt Love the exterior looks and utility, and the range is a nice bonus. We haven't driven one yet, although we could any time. I've read a lot online about the bad seats and the light-colored dashboard reflecting off the windshield. Neither of those is a problem that should have made it into production on any car, and they're both things I refuse to live with. We're hoping they slipstream fixes for two issues into the 2019s, which would make the Bolt a serious contender. Kia Soul EV If the higher range on the 2019s is at least 150 miles, as is being reported online, this could be a good match. Hyundai Kona EV What little I've seen of it looks very promising. 2019(?) Buick SUV EV Seems like a good match, but details are still pretty sparse. 2019 Ford Focus EV If it's 150 miles of range with no intrusive battery, then this is a real contender. A significant contributor is that there's a local Ford dealer that has an outstanding reputation for sales and service. --------------------------------------------------- Right now, we're in wait-and-see mode, to find out what's going on with some new cars and the 2019 Leaf. We're open to leasing or buying, and will likely let the choice of car and available deals influence that part of the decision. Opinions, anyone?