Renault have just announced one of thier best selling EV'S in Europe has been updated taking the official range to 250 miles. I expect in real world conditions you'd get 180-200, this now comes close to some of its more expensive rivals like the new Tesla model 3. EV's are now becoming a realistic proposition for motorists, even those who live rural like me. I'll no doubt be considering an EV in the next 5-10 years.
No they only made the Fluence for a few years, quite a rare car. The Leaf and Zoe share the same platform, so it's available as a Nissan too. The battery rental charge is optional, as it is on the Leaf, most people according to Nissan, actually prefer to lease it, I guess some people are still getting used to the idea of an EV and are not 100% sure about battery lifespans as yet, the leasing option just gives people a bit of extra peace of mind if they feel they need it.
A close friend of mine has the Leaf based Nissan ENV200 van for work and she adores the way it drives etc. It's the non-uprated battery pack, but she gets about 110 miles per charge, and has a home charger fitted for quicker charging. I'm hoping to have a spin in it soon
In the ZOE'S favour, you can actually buy a brand new one with less than 100 miles on the clock for £7000, that's less than $10,000, making not only cheap for a well equipped EV, but cheap for any car! That's the pre-upgraded battery model. Perhaps the depreciation doesn't seem so bad with such a low initial purchase price, even with battery rental. There are very few for sale with "batteries included" and those with are more than double the price.