So, I’m still trying to figure out what to do after my two-year lease of a 2014 Nissan LEAF ends on Feb. 22, 2016.

I was thinking a used Chevy Volt, or, possibly, or leasing a BMW i3 REX — until I read that the Chevy Bolt, GM’s new 200-mile pure EV, will start production in “late 2016.” (See Wired.Com, HybridCars.Com etc.)

Call me jaded — or maybe just a bit Tesla-ed out, but I’m at least a bit skeptical that GM will deliver on its promise. And, even if it does, I bet the Bolt is only available initially in limited numbers in select markets (read: California, the West Coast, maybe a few states on the East Coast, but, definitely, very definitely, NOT here in Colorado).


So, how long will I, here in Denver, have to wait until I can get my hands on a Bolt? What do you think?

If the answer is 12 months, maybe 13, or even 15, I’m not going to buy a used Chevy Volt or do a 30-month BMW i3 REX lease. I’ll buy a gas clunker — it will be my very last ICE ever — and I’ll drive that around for the next year. And be ecstatic to leap into a Bolt one year from now.

But, if, realistically, we here in Colorado, and the rest of the middle of the United States, don’t actually see Bolts on local dealer lots for 24 months, well, that’s way too long for me to suffer in an ICE, and I’ll get that used Volt, or lease that i3 REX.

Gotta decide quickly. Feb. 22, 2016 is fast approaching, and I definitely need a car — I can’t function without one in my post-divorce, drive the kids to the ex-wife’s and back, and a ton of other places world.

So, what’s your call? Will I be able to leap into a Bolt just 12 months hence?


2 Responses

  1. Lester Burnham (@paymeinbeahhh)

    When i signed my 3 year 2013 nissan leaf lease (“leafse”) back in sept 2013 i was “pretty sure” that by 2016 nissan would have innovated and have a new leaf w/kickass battery that was somewhere in the 150 mile range. Something that looked as good as the bolt w/corresponding specs. Wrong-o.

    So now i bought out my old leaf s early for $6K after paying $281/mo for around 30 months. Good deal or not so good? Time will tell.

    • Christof Demont-Heinrich

      I say it’s a good deal if you use it as a commuter — short-range vehicle 🙂


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