Published on October 7th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan136
Tesla Model S vs BMW i3 vs Nissan LEAF — Your Answers Are In
October 7th, 2015 by Zachary Shahan
Originally published on EV Obsession.
About a month ago, I wrote a long article about my challenge deciding between a Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, or Tesla Model S. I buried a short poll on the bottom of the article and, honestly, didn’t think many of you would see or respond to it. Surprisingly, 1,651 people have responded to the poll!
For a few days, the three options were super close — basically split ⅓-⅓-⅓ — and I think each of them were #1 at some point or another. That matched my mindset pretty well.
However, I got more and more solid on a preference for the BMW i3, and the poll actually turned in that direction as well. Based on responses from EV Obsession and CleanTechnica readers, this is were it stands now:
We’ll see, and despite heavily leaning toward the i3, I’m still not sure and intend to do two more test drives each (1 on my own while I’m in Florida to present at the EV Transportation & Technology Summit and 1 with my wife later on).
I’ve all but ruled out the LEAF since it can’t make a few trips I want to take and since, I think more importantly, the drive quality of the i3 and Model S is just stunning. So as a quick update, these are the strengths of the two models relative to each other (not any other cars) that are pulling me to them:
- Compact but feels spacious.
- Greenest car on the market.
- ~50% cheaper.
- Doesn’t have excess battery capacity I won’t need ~99% of the time, but still has the ability to make the road trips I want to take (with the REx, but primarily using electricity).
- Will theoretically help to pull more people over to EVs since it’s more affordable and also similar to much more affordable models people could choose if the i3 was still too much for them.
- Awesome regenerative braking package.
- Looks cool.
- Amazing acceleration and handling.
- Safest car on the planet.
- Produced by a company that is 100% for electric transport.
- Produced by a company I’ve invested in.
- Supercharger access that allows me to never touch a drop of gas again (in the US, at least).
- Awesome tech/infotainment.
- Looks super slick.
It’s a tough decision. I’m eager to get behind the wheel of these again. And, yes, I’m still going to test out the LEAF and probably some other EVs as well before making the decision.
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