Pretty lukewarm segment by Jay Leno. I am the opposite demographic to what Jay thinks of the average car owner: I hate working on my cars, I don't think I need to feel a personal attachment to them, and they are like appliances. When they break, I am extremely annoyed; it is going to cost some serious money if the problem is something I can't or don't want to fix and I feel no satisfaction when it is working again. I only feel relief. However, I am so far out of the norm on several things I suppose it is to me expected. I would have loved one of these and the (projected) price point was do-able, if they could actually have sold it $22k. I don't need another high miler; a city car is exactly what I need. And even if the range was a real 50 miles, that would satisfy the vast majority of our family transportation needs. We have gas cars for the long trips.
That said, the fact that they are belly-up is a problem. While electrics are assumed to have a phenomenal maintenance records, things will still break and you will need parts. Say a window drops out of its track; where do you get the replacement parts? When the battery needs to be replaced, it will have to be custom configured. Or the motor bearing goes prematurely. There is a price at which I would consider buying it, but it would be at a serious discount. But that is just me. As I said above, a car is an appliance to me. I would not pay an extra dime for a refrigerator, no matter what the cool factor was. They have no value to me beyond utility.
Let us know what you do. Could be a great value at the right price
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