My 2012 Leaf has 18,000 miles, no battery degradation and plenty of zip. Almost 18 months driving and last 12 with a 50 mile commute.
Now imagine the same car body, motor, batteries, and a roomier hatchback.
Less fun electronics, fast charge port only optional as well as the 2013 level 2 speed increase for charging.
Still a 29k car that is 22k after federal rebate? Mine was 32k after rebate. Great lease deals. The base 2013 Leaf is the most amazing commuter tool ever. Saves me $150 in gas a month. The base has a radio instead of Nav system but again not a problem in a commuter. Heck if you have 30 mile or less commute I survived on the 120v trickle charger for my first six months.
I hear 'Tesla is awesome'. True but only for the 65k demographic. I like the Focus, The Think, The Volt. I still think the Leaf is your Earth Day choice. I hear complaints about the style, but to me all gas cars are so so - I'd rather have a clean, super peppy off the stop light, and no gas electric! Easily as pretty as a Prius - I think car beauty is skin deep. Electric beauty is in the bones!
So this Earth Day - take a spin in a Leaf at a dealer - or ask me. It's the no gas option that will help us save the Earth. Having fun the whole way.
P.S. My Red Leaf next to a Tesla - admittedly the Tesla IS nice - grin.