The most interesting thing - sorry to be off topic - about the Leaf is that...
-both leaf and volt use lithium batteries
-the leafs is 50% bigger
-the volt uses liquid cooling, the leaf uses fan/air cooling to keep the batteries at a stable temp
-the volt cycles through about 60% of its charge, the leaf about 80%
So sicne we have a superior cooling system, ... if GM/Nissan determines that the Leaf's batteries are holding up fine going deeper cycle, could we not gain a 33% increase in EV range just via a simple software change, to allow the batteries to go deeper cycle?
Think GM would ever do that? Shoot I'd be able to go 60-70 miles routinely wo even hypermiling in that case, that would be awesome! Maybe somebody will develop an aftermarket hack?
50-55+ miles spring/summer (no climate control), 45-50 summer (AC on Eco), ~30 winter (heater running)
The electric car will win one day, not because of global warming or enviro-anything, but because it is simply a superior driving and ownership experience. You read it here first.