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Trying to decide between getting A new 2017 or a 2015 with low km's. I do like the look of the gen 1 over the gen 2. Should the deciding factor be the increased ev range of the gen 2. Thanks
 

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The 2017 will qualify for the rebate and the 2015 will not so make sure you are factoring that in your cost equation. Next, do both cars have all of the features you want?

Next is the cost to operate. The gen 1 will go about 40km winter and 60km summer and then start using premium gas at about 6l/100km. The gen 2 will go about 30% further on electricity and then start using regular gas at around or slightly better fuel economy then the gen 1.

If your commute is greater than 40km round trip, the gen 2 starts to make more sense. If you want a heated steering wheel, rear heated seats, have more than 2 kids, gen 2 makes more sense.

If none of that matters and the gen 1 is at a super deal, then it would be worth considering

In Canada, used Volt prices seem to be high.

What access do you have for charging? The gen 2 will take longer to charge so 240v becomes more obvious. If charging on 120v, the gen 2 can be set to automatically use 12amp level charging while the gen 1 will require you to manually set to 12amp each time.

The 2015 will be considered a 2 year old car already as it is so close to year end. If you are leaning that way, make sure the price you pay factors that in.

There is the comfort factor as well. The two different generations are slightly different in comfort.
 

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I just picked up a 2014 from Budds' on Wednesday and wondered the same thing. The saving over a 17 were just to large for me to ignore so I bought used. With that said and probably because I just got it I find I have range anxiety ever time I go out. Trying so hard not to run the engine, wish I had more battery life.

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It depends on your usage pattern. If you're nowhere near using the full electric range of the Gen 1 on a daily basis, then you probably won't miss the extra range.

My wife takes our 2013 to the gym in the morning, then I take it to work, then it's often used for errands in the evening. It averages about 80 km per day. I'd like to have the extra EV range.
 

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For used car buyers, sadly, EVs do not have the same depreciation rate. Depreciation is still much more steep than ICE vehicles, but you are not going to find sub-$10000 used Leafs or Volts anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.

I bought the 2017 due to the large Ontario Rebate ($12747 + $452 on 240V ESVE), the 'emergencies only' 5th seat, regular fuel instead of premium, and the interior styling being less 'Whirlpool Appliance' in aesthetics. And of course the double range, which I use 90% of the ~100km daily.
 

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The 2017 will qualify for the rebate and the 2015 will not so make sure you are factoring that in your cost equation. Next, do both cars have all of the features you want?

Next is the cost to operate. The gen 1 will go about 40km winter and 60km summer and then start using premium gas at about 6l/100km. The gen 2 will go about 30% further on electricity and then start using regular gas at around or slightly better fuel economy then the gen 1.

If your commute is greater than 40km round trip, the gen 2 starts to make more sense. If you want a heated steering wheel, rear heated seats, have more than 2 kids, gen 2 makes more sense.

If none of that matters and the gen 1 is at a super deal, then it would be worth considering

In Canada, used Volt prices seem to be high.

What access do you have for charging? The gen 2 will take longer to charge so 240v becomes more obvious. If charging on 120v, the gen 2 can be set to automatically use 12amp level charging while the gen 1 will require you to manually set to 12amp each time.

The 2015 will be considered a 2 year old car already as it is so close to year end. If you are leaning that way, make sure the price you pay factors that in.

There is the comfort factor as well. The two different generations are slightly different in comfort.
Ypou can only fit a third kid in the back of the gen II of he is big enough not be in a car seat, and small enough to have short legs. Think 5 to 12 year old.
 
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