RE: When will it end? Fluences at £7,500 on Autotrader today
At 7.5k I think I would have preferred to buy - especially as it is somewhat now a more 'known' quantity.
'Back in the old days' [read, three months ago!] I'd still heard no-one comment on the car, a complete unknown. Monthly payments with an option to hand the car back seemed a no-brainer at the time.
At this rate, it will only have worked out 'cheaper' if I can get Renault to agree to sell the car back to me at £5k in a year's time after I hand the car back at the end of the term. That's going to be a test of buyer-seller brinkmanship - if it turns out I actually want to keep it, I will be handing the car back not really knowing if I can secure a deal to get it back again. There again, we, any of us, have yet to see a winter through and we still face the prospect of battery degradations in the future. It's still not a given that I'd even want it for 5k!!...
I guess the best route would be to see if Renault will re-finance in a manner that will result in the same rate, so just carry on with the monthly payments as they are. Who can say how reliable or unreliable these things will be in the future with 'real' miles on the clock?
I still worry about the motor noise I can hear at ~35mph. Should I be hearing that? Can't hear it at higher speeds, could it be the first signs of bearing-wear related resonances? I've no idea, and that's half the problem ... I've no idea !
And I've not worried about range yet, but I am not immune to concerns. As you know, I've already achieved over 120 miles on a 'real' motorway trip. But it's not even cold yet and on my 45 mile commute I can easily use up 6 octals of 8 if I have the heater and lights on and drive anything more than 'saintly'. So, now imagine the battery degrades to 75% capacity!! Ah! I'd not even be able to make it to work and back, 45 miles, and keep the heater on! Really!? How much is that sort of car worth to me?
Nothing is a given yet. I agree range is an issue still. The one thing in its favour is that it is, by far, the most sublime drive you can currently get in UK in a commercially available BEV. Limited as it is in several respects, it would not simply be whether the car works out OK for me, but whether I would really want to go back to an ICE car. Putting liquid fuel into a car now seems so passé and antiquated! It's just like people were doing 100 years ago. Time to move on.
When the Tesla S arrives in the UK, there is going to be some serious rethinking of EVs, I reckon. It'll take a decade or so for that level of range and performance to reach family-affordable levels, if it does at all, but the tech is viable now. The rest is down to whether the VMs sell at an affordable price, and if the public put up real money for them. They have to sell in bulk for a given performance level to be found at an affordable price.