There are the two main problems with our little scenario: we don't have any official pricing numbers for the Volt or the LEAF. Right now, all we have are guesses. For the Volt, we've heard that the price would be somewhere between $40,000 and $45,000, but we don't know if that's before or after the government's $7,500 rebate. The numbers we're hearing for the LEAF are around $25,000 to $30,000 – again, not sure where the $7,500 fits in. Still, if we think that the LEAF could be $15,000 cheaper than the Volt, there is a possibility that you could buy a LEAF for your daily driver and then pick up a Versa (starting price $9,990) for when you want to go on longer trips.
Other things to consider:
- The environmental impact of producing two vehicles is quite a bit more than just one.
- What if either company decides to offer the batteries, the most expensive part of these cars, for lease instead of purchase?
- Insuring two vehicles doesn't look good compared to insuring just one, does it?
- It'd probably be more economical to just rent the ICE car when it's time to go on a road trip.