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Old 05-29-2016, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would look for a 2013 and avoid the earlier models. Beginning with the 2013 model, the resistance heater was replaced with a heat pump, which is much more efficient for heating the cabin. It also received a 6.6 kWh charger, which will charge twice as fast as the previous 3.3 kWh. Finally, the battery chemistry was changed to handle hot climates better. They call it the lizard battery. The previous model would rapidly loose capacity in hot climates.

Assuming the seller has not tampered with the battery gauge, the charge indicator lights will show the relative health of the battery. When the car is new and has a very good battery, all charge lights illuminate when fully charged. As the battery degrades, fewer of the charge lights will illuminate even when fully charged. This gives a relative indication of battery health.
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