This thread hasn't been bumped in a while... I'm going to take the opportunity to bring it to the top, as I may well be buying (or, more likely, leasing) a Leaf in a mere 15 months or so. The stars have aligned just so in order to bring this possibility about.
First off, my wife and I finally got to ogle (and ride in!) a Leaf firsthand this past weekend, at the NY auto show. As she has a Prius and I had previously test-driven a Chevy Volt, I knew that the car would be quiet and torquey at low speeds, yet I still emerged very impressed. Everything just felt right about the car, including the interior. (In contrast, the Mitsubishi iMiEV was laughable--tiny and really cheap-feeling. No desire whatsoever for that one from me.) Most significantly, my wife hopped out of the Leaf after our test-ride and said she wanted one.
The next big factor is that she and I will be moving back to Seattle from Long Island in June 2013. This is a huge deal for several reasons. First off is that we'll be able to afford a new car out in Seattle as we'll be living with my mother in law (in a house where we could install a charger). Second is that Seattle electricity is clean and cheap, with a $12/month option to completely offset one's electricity use with renewable energy credits. Third, The EV Project is giving away chargers to Seattle metro area residents with BEVs. Finally, the public charging infrastructure in Seattle is coming along nicely, with 74 charging stations in the metro area as of now, and surely more to come by next summer.
Put all of this together and there's a pretty decent chance that we'll have a blue Leaf SL, with the optional-for-2013 6.6 kW charger and leather seats, in my (mother-in-law's house's) driveway come July 2013...
For the truly curious, I explain each of the above thoughts in much more excruciating detail here, including citing sources for each of the claims (e.g., number of charging stations): https://plus.google.com/u/0/11547941490 ... e8ECsXcX2z
. For those with elephant memories who recall my "3 ton SUV" thread and are wondering how to reconcile its arguments with these, fear not: If I ever decide I truly want a big SUV I'm still getting that Lexus tank. Seattle's not a place where I'd require one, though. I'll be commuting to work on my electric bike (refitted with a Nine Continents hub motor last year) or on the bus, and we'll still keep my wife's current Prius around so that I can use it to jet out to trailheads to go mountain biking or up to the ski mountains when shod with snow tires.