Wake up call & huge game changer here in San Diego (SDG&E) raised our electricity rates over 30% in 2013. My SDG&E statement for 1300 kilowatt hours this month as of Sept. 28 2013 was a $449.00. That's right, nearly $450. Before the Leaf our rates averaged $120-$140 monthly. Just as a comparison, when I first started as a customer with SDG&E back in 1979 I was paying $15 monthly for both gas and electricity. Today I spend $15 daily! $500 is what I was spending at the gas pump 8 months ago for ExxonMobile to fill 3 vehicles monthly. Now we're spending that same amount on just one added Nissan electric vehicle to our household (80-84 miles daily) ... OUCH!!! This winter we’re switching back to our 2012 Nissan Murano (as opposed to the leaf) courtesy of SDG&E. Given the slight decline locally in Exxon gasoline prices, it’s actually cheaper to drive the 6 cylinder 2012 Nissan Murano as of October thru Dec. 2013.
Having serious second thoughts on this 2013 Leaf purchase because I failed to do my homework properly on rising utility rates where SDG&E averages 2-3 times the national average. Probably the most expensive KW hour rates in the entire country .... OUCH! And no I'm not spending an additional $30K on solar panels as if I wanted to double the price of this over- rated toaster in my driveway. 90-100 range is simply false advertising.
Update: Btw, did I mention very LIMITED RANGE? I tried to get Nissan Acceptance to buy back the lease for this Nissan Leaf based on P#$% poor battery performance and 20% LOSS OF RANGE in only seven months of driving from 92027 to 92037 (that’s 80 to 84 miles R/T) daily. Nissan claims that’s still well within their specs for this particular vehicle and failed to honor a battery warranty when I returned the car for service TWICE. It dropped in range in steps from 116 (new in March 2013) to 94 (3 short months) to 84 miles (6 months used) to only 75 (8 months). I told them it wasn’t within my specs since it has essentially stopped being a commuter car last month and now simply sits in my driveway as the most expensive golf cart I’ve ever purchased! Much too unreliable as a commuter vehicle. Whatever happened to Lemon Law protection? Doesn't exist in CA.
In my opinion, Nissan needs to be slapped with a class action on battery issues and excessive loss of range for the 2013 Leaf.
Lastly, I wish to put in a good word for http://evseupgrade.com
(already purchased and worth evey cent in terms of saving time and money on battery charging in about 4-6 hours as opposed to 14 hours) which is about the only item on my vehicle that's still working correctly.