Planning on Buying a Used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
My husband and I are in the market for a used BEV (not a hybrid or plug-in hybrid). We will be trading in our 2009 Honda Fit Sport. Given that this vehicle will be our second car (the other is a gas-powered car), we have decided to purchase a BEV (not a plug-in hybrid). Also we are a household of only 2 people and do not require a crossover, station wagon or other larger vehicle. We are looking for a compact or subcompact BEV. I really like the Smart fourtwo however I am concerned about it being, as far as I know, the only manufacturer that does not offer an 8 year battery warranty (I believe Smart only offers 4).
Therefore, the Ioniq, Bolt, Soul, Focus, Leaf and E-Golf are the used BEV’s I am considering. Obviously, I love the Model 3 but I am not comfortable with the price tag. Are there any other options that I am missing? I tend to be very thorough in researching a vehicle before making a purchase. I am interested in battery efficiency, energy regeneration, low cost of ownership, quality of battery (as I hope to have this vehicle for many years), and owner satisfaction levels.
I recognize that with fuel prices as low as they are in the GTA, buying a BEV now seems foolish. My husband is insisting on it; this is one of those pick your battles moments so a BEV will be our next car. Any insight, suggestions, data sources or other resources would be appreciated. I have completed the Plug n"Drive seminar and am eligible for the $1000 incentive.
Thanks in advance,