I gave up the fight Monday. After 5 years of a 2016 Focus Electric, I got a new 2020 Leaf SV 149-mile range version (215 mile range available for more $$ buckaroos). Same color, very similar to the Ford's Kona Blue. New Leafs (Leaves?) are stylish, not ugly like the bug-eyed 1st gen ones.
I had some, not much, trouble with the FFE in the last 5 years. I wrote some threads on my "adventures" here, getting some minor abuse & arguments from stubborn clueless dealership personnel along the way. I assume more would have gone wrong on it from year 6 to 8, the end of the battery & electronics warranty. >>>> Then beyond that, I wonder if Ford would even support it with parts anymore. They don't seem to like this FFE much.
Surprisingly, with 34k miles and $4k in hail damage last year, they valued my trade-in FFE at $6,900. That was more than I was expecting for a 76-mile range 5-year old FFE with hail damage. ( The insurance company handed me a check for $4,000 and I never fixed it. Insurance company told me I didn't have to fix it, so it's legal to just keep the dough when you get hail damage. ) So I guess the "math" is $6900 + $4,000, meaning I really got $10,900 for it. .... I don't know if every dealership would give such a great deal. I didn't do any haggling on the deal.
This month Nissan is rebating $6,000 back on all new Leafs. And, Leafs still have the $7,500 federal tax rebate available. Some states kick in some more $$ too. Leaf sales for 2020 are at about half the number from the last 4 years. They're desperate to move them. The dealership I went to had a huge selection which was nice. Their new Ariya for big bucks will be out in about 10 months, which should be a big hit.
Interesing tech thing about the Leaf that probably applies to the FFE too: The Leaf owner's manual discusses battery heating to keep the electrolyte in there from freezing & they say the heater will kick on, plugged in or not, at -1F and run til it's 14F. A -1F happens regularly in the north so you ought to keep these things garaged up there.
Also, the Leaf's battery is air-cooled, no pipes with coolant in it to ruin the HV battery as happened too often on the FFE.
The Leaf doesn't handle as well as the FFE. It's more comfortable though. More room inside, more cargo room. Leaf rides smoother. Acceleration is about the same. All new Leafs have Automatic Braking to keep from hitting something when you're distracted (more common on new cars).
I'm getting used to the Leaf. I no longer have the "sports car" FFE, miss that handling straight out of "Fast & Furious" hot-hatchback territory.
Leafs are made in Tennessee, though likely of almost all foreign parts. Leaf SV models like mine have the same Michelins the FFE had for low rolling resistance.