The cost to rent the battery is zero. The battery is purchased and depreciated just like the rest of the vehicle. This works out much cheaper than equivalent cars over the life of the car due to the high cost of diesel combined with the extremely low cost of maintenance for an electric vehicle.
Not where I live, as I told you, using the manufacturer's simulators the electric was simply not an option for me.
*cough* Yeah look most people *cough cough* don't give a shit about the *cough* environment. Sorry it's all the emissions in the air.
Yeah, tell that to the Asians, we mess the environment up while boosting our economies with low cost, highly polluting fuels, but no, you can't do that, have fun buying a new clean car with your monthly 100 dollars.
Stretching much? No demand for second hand new technology that is currently undergoing exponential growth in a world where more and more diesel and petrol engines are being banned? I'll bet you a Marsbar that the resale value of a diesel is far lower than the resale value of an electric car in 10 years time.
Not stretching at all, if we make the lifetime ownership cost a car the resale value is relevant. If I were a betting man I would take that bet, 10 years go by very fast. A 2012 Nissan Leaf is worth around 12.000 euros. In 10 years a 30.000 euro diesel bought now will be worth 4 or 5.000 euros, in 10 years a 30.000 euro Nissan Leaf will be worth 6 or 7.000 euros maximum and the guy that buys it will need to spend 6.000 euros on a new battery, good luck.
For all the reasons diesel cars are being banned natural gas has orders of magnitude lower emissions.
Yeah, look at the UK, plenty of cities with diesel banned, look at how many natural gas vehicles there are, oh wait... they bought motorcycles (again, very cheap to run, like diesel), guess what vehicle emmits a shitload of NOx, yeah, motorcicles, especially old ones or cheap new ones that most people prefer because they are, well, cheap.
Everyone else is talking about a localised problem, and getting nasty old diesel engines out of a cramped area is a local problem. But hey I don't have to worry about that.
But it is a global problem, and pretty much one of the biggest ones we've faced. Regarding the nasty old diesels, have fun in 5 years with the smell of badly burnt fuel and the same NOx from cheap motorcycles.
Oh, and just a last remark, look at the emission charts for modern diesel trucks vs natural gas trucks, yeah, not as different as people say they are, are they?