Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF e+, Kona EV, or e-Niro: Video Buying Guide

JAN 15 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 30

Which new EV should you buy?

Who better than one of the utmost, long-time authorities on electric vehicles — Bjørn Nyland — to share the pros and cons of the Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF e+, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia e-Niro? Apparently, people have been asking Nyland which of these cars they should consider buying, and why? As usual, this guy is about as entertaining as he is informative, so we just had to share his take.

As usual, Bjørn’s latest video is not a short one. You’ll have to set aside about 30 minutes if you plan to watch it in its entirety. However, dealing with four different electric cars is not an easy task. There are surely few other reviewers that have the background, insight, knowledge, and access to vehicles to pull this off.

Nyland dives into each EV’s positives and negatives, as well as specs and details related to price, range, battery capacity, charging, horsepower, torque, acceleration, top speed, cargo volume, and semi-autonomous features.

Wow, that just about covers it, to say the least! Check out the video and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

Leaf 3.zero e+, Model 3, Kona or e-Niro?

Many people have been asking me which car they should buy. In this video I talk about the pros and cons of each of the four selected car so you can decide which is the best for you.

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30 Comments on "Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF e+, Kona EV, or e-Niro: Video Buying Guide"

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I’m for the Kona but if the leafs gets discounts on the tax credit then I will go towards their deal

What about availability?. How many time must wait for a Kona?. That’s an important factor.

For him it will be a long wait…

A wait for the 60KWH LEAF too. 🙁

Especially since only 5,000 will go to Europe in 2019 vs 3,000 weekly(monthly?) for Model 3.

There are 5000 limited edition E+ Leafs available in Europe. Then a standard range of E+ Leafs will be available with no restrictions on numbers. There has been some confusion over this. Some European motoring commentators expect 15000 to 20000 Leaf E+ sales in Europe this year.

These are all excellent cars. Be sure to select one with at least twice the range of your daily commute so you have plenty of power for heat, AC, and extra errands. You will love your new EVs. I’ll let you in on a secret. The LION battery sweet spot is 20-80% charge. If you can use your new EV mostly in that charge range and save 100% for trips to Granny’s house, it will easily last 2x to 4x the battery warranty. Maybe a lifetime. ENJOY!

I think these 200+ mile EVs should work well for almost all commuters in the US. I would think that 90-95% of daily commutes are less than 100 miles round trip. Basing it off of this census survey – https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2013/cb13-41.html

You are correct it would work for most, but my recommendation is 4x range between charging in cold climates, maybe 2 or 2.5x in mild climates. I see too many people claim, yeah, this 70 mile range EV is fine for my 55 mile commute. Well, driving highway speeds my range is down to 60, put the heater on I am down to 45… ooops. Or simply the car is 5 years old and lost some range and no longer makes the commute.

However, if I have a 220 mile range EV for that same commute: highway at 80 mph, range down to 170, winter at 0 F range down to 120. I can still commute 2 days in a row. Add to that when the battery has lost 30% of its range I can still safely make it round trip 1 day. Again, the cold is adding a lot of overhead here. In a hot climate you need less, maybe 3x.

The EV companies should be dealing with the heat issue by having the car be able to keep the batteries warm while connected to AC. If your car is plugged in overnight, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be able to give you the full normal range just by drawing AC power to make sure the battery is warm when it will be used in the morning.

Yeah I think double your daily commute is a pretty good rule of thumbs for Evs You need that extra range for heat, AC, and it helps prevent battery degradation. Most experts at battery labs say the LEAF batteries degrade more because they are smaller and more deeply discharged. It really has nothing to do with active cooling.

Just curious but how many boxes did the Bolt hold? Thats funny but a pretty good comparison if you have to tote stuff. The Bolt is a very nice car too but I suspect fewer bananas.

For the Bolt to be going on 3 years old it’s still is one of the best on this list. Outside of Tesla isn’t the fastest.

Yeah, he should have had the Bolt in this comparison! That would have been nice.

Basically unavailable in Europe.

Thanks. I like the Bolt, great car but not a banana delivery vehicle. Most people will never need the difference anyways.

Not possible to buy in Europe

The Ampera E is not available in Europe?

All the cars are great. I love my Leaf and it features and driving.

At least for short term, (Apr 2019), all of them will be much more expensive than Bolt. But even after, I doubt these cars will match pre Apr 2019 Bolt pricing.

I would not discount Hyundai like that…remember the Ionic ev even though it was restricted to CA had one of the best lease deals ever seen in ev world for long commutes: $300/mo with unlimited miles and charging fees reimbursement for 50k miles. I think there will be some deals on Kona later in the year.

With limited availability of Hyundai, very few will take off MSRP. Bolt is now between $5K and $10K off MSRP. Hyundai discontinued charging and other incentives, and even less likely they’ll offer it when they can get full MSRP with limited availability.

Intend to agree on availability…but let’s wait and see, maybe they will surprise us.

I don’t think they’ll have any surprises given the realities of battery supply.

These are the EVs we really need on the market. The Model 3 has proved its mettle. The other 3 need to become available widely and in large quantities.

They aren’t in the same price range.

Model 3 is a $45K+ vehicle where the others are sub $35K (after dealer discounts).

Combined with federal incentives, The difference is easily $15K. Sure, Model 3 is better, but $15K easily sway many decisions.

I think the only one that will be sold in Alabama in 2019 is the LEAF. You can order a Tesla and go to another state and pick it up. The others are just compliance cars I guess. I’m sure they are good cars but limited production. I wish they would make them at the KIA/Hynudai plant in Alabama.

We need all the manufacturers to make more EVs and train mechanics too so they can sell them in all states. I had to wait for 18 months to get my LEAF in Alabama because they didn’t have any technicians.

Wait…you literally cannot buy a Tesla is Alabama? That is really F-ed up. How is that possible? Dealership laws?

I guess it is those famous “free market” conservatives? Ugh.