What are the factors (ranked in order) you considered when buying an electric vehicle?

First, make sure you have a way to charge your phone at home. If you can’t charge at home, get a hybrid. Public charging is a waste of money.

These are some things people should not worry about.

  • You don’t need to worry about the range. There is something for everyone.
  • Public charging is not something to be concerned about. You don’t have to drive across the country every day unless you are a serious driver. There is plenty of public charging available on major roads that is non-Tesla. If you really need to rent a car, you can. You don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for more range, but you can rent a car cheaply if you do.

You SHOULD be thinking about your car’s computer/telematics system.

Two Leafs are mine. My silver Model-S (cheap) has virtually no telematics. It works with a smartphone app. It’s not my favorite car.

My blue Model-SV comes with a decent, but not great, telematics package. I love the car for its price, but it is not worth the telematics.

For telematics, Tesla is the best. Teslas are a bit more expensive than a Leaf and I didn’t want it that high, but I lease my cars. It’s stupid to buy a car that will be obsolete in 10 years. My next lease will be either an upgraded Leaf Model-SL+ and ProPilot or a Tesla with Level-2 FSD. Telematics is now a priority to me. In exactly one year, I will have to compare Tesla and Leaf and make a decision.

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