paulgipe wrote: From these forums we learned that the technology is changing so fast that it made sense to lease.
Yes, No, Maybe. As long as the BEV in the garage accomplishes the needed transportation chores, does it matter that there's something newer, better, more expensive out there three years later? Our son and daughter-in-law bought the same logic as Paul quoted above and were early into a BMW i3 lease. However, reality was different. During their three-year-lease, BEV technology hasn't changed as rapidly as predicted. They love their BEV so much, they're running over the allowable miles. Now, with the end of the lease in sight, they wish they'd bought.
Because BMW subsidized the leases, the residual is way high. Then, the i3 goes to auction, brings much less than the residual and is resold by an independent on eBay for less than the original lesee would have had to pay in residual. Very strange bookkeeping.
paulgipe wrote: Also, as a US resident with a low income, the federal subsidies were useless to us, so leasing became the best strategy. . . . We got a hell of a deal on our lease ($250 USD/mo total) so it's unlikely buying it will be wise as the residual should be fairly high.
Without knowing your details; how much down, miles allowed, et al
, that does seem like a great lease deal. We'd have definitely considered one of those, but GM and our dealer were nowhere near that. IIRC, it was on the order of $5000 down and $335 a month. We were also able to use the tax credit, so buying worked for us.