I love all these "I know someone, who isn't me" posts about something.
I actually am a leaf owner. So I'll let you know from personal experience. I bought mine used for $14,000. It had just over 20,000 miles on it. It wasn't the base model it was fully packed older model with a battery in very good condition. And before you ask, the answer is "no my situation is not uncommon". My brother bought his new, and walked out having paid $22,300. If someone actually paid $32,500 for one they got ripped off.
electricity costs.. $2.50 per what?
Per month for me.. I couldn't tell you, honestly I have never been able to notice any solid increase in my bill. I notice more when my wife does a lot of cooking. The charger uses far less electricity than the hot water heater, or the stove.
The older leaf I own has a reliable range of 40-50 miles, I'll agree with that. In the dead of winter when it's freezing out and I'm running the defroster and the heater in traffic I probably wouldn't do more than 40 miles. I've had to use the quick charger a couple times when I had to do a lot of driving or if I forgot to charge at night. No more than ten minutes worth of charging on the quick charger, it's usually if I'm getting low, and I never let it get below 20% so that has to be calculated into the actual range. In the summer even with AC on full time I do more like 60 miles before getting to 20%. I don't give a rats buns about watching my power usage so I couldn't tell you what the range is without using AC, or smoking cars off the lights. The car has quite a nice bit of acceleration, and it handles hella solid in the corners because of the low CG. On top of that, my maintenance costs are zero. No oil changes, no transmission, no engine parts to replace. The regenerative braking kicks in to slow the car until you are almost at a dead stop which means the brakes last a hell of a lot longer.
Also worth noting, Nissan has just announced that starting as soon as August newer cars will be equipped with an improved 30kwh battery up from the existing 24kwh battery. It's just newer tech in the same size battery pack giving the car another 30% usable range.
Personally I don't think electric cars are for everyone. At least not yet. But they are getting there. The cost of Lithium Ion batteries have dropped 50% in the last few years and they are expected to get even cheaper and yield much higher energy densities in the future. When you can buy an electric car (that looks like a normal car, gotta say that) that will give you 200+ miles on a single charge for around the same cost of a ICE car people will opt to buy them.
Now if it only ran Linux..