I've posted a few reviews of my 2012 FFE over the years, and it's time to start thinking about what's next.
I currently have 104,000 miles on the car. As I've mentioned in my previous posts, battery degradation is starting to become an issue with my and my wife's commute to work. I previously posted that I thought we could make it work til 120,000 miles or so, and everything still looks like that's an accurate guesstimate.
Considering maintenance, cost of gas and electricity, plus initial savings on purchase price, I will have saved roughly $9,000-$10,000 with the FFE over an equivalent ICE car. So despite the occasional range frustrations, I think the FFE has been a fairly successful experiment. I don't think the car will work for us by winter of 2020 due to range loss.
Options I'd consider:
Keep the FFE for short trips to the store and whatnot, but buy a new daily driver. Probably a Model 3, Niro, Bolt, Leaf etc $35,000-$45,000 price range. I don't see any reason to sell the FFE. It's virtually worthless at this point.
Buy a new FFE battery and keep on driving it. No new car needed. This is actually my preference, but the current list price of a new battery is insane. Roughly $20,000. Looking at current battery costs, I don't see why Ford can't sell a 33kw battery in the 5-7 thousand range. Assuming that would get me another 150,000 or more miles, it seems like the best option but only if Ford or another company offers the new battery at a reasonable price. The other concern is whether or not the rest of the car will remain reliable for another 150,000 miles or more. That would put me close to 300,000 miles. I've had a few ICE vehicles make it that far, but what about electric? So far, the FFE hasn't had a single problem. Only trips to the dealership have been for recalls.
Anyways, what would y'all do? Any ideas other than the two I listed?