On track to save $10,000 in Fuel

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Over the life of the LEAF (assuming 100,0000 mile life) I am on track to save over $10,000 in fuel expenses compared to the Chevy Malibu I had previously which was frugal anyway, I got 25mpg while driving the Malibu. These numbers are based on today’s gas prices of $3.48 and the amount of electricity I have consumed to travel 1,400 miles since I got the LEAF.

If one also figures in the incentives to date which exceed $12,500 the net cost of the vehicle is reduced to $11,000. Not a bad price for a new vehicle 🙂

I compiled a spreadsheet showing how I arrived at these numbers. I will keep it up to date on a monthly basis. The savings I am realizing on fuel match very closely the anticipated savings I calculated prior to deciding to buy the LEAF.

Not figured in yet are expected savings on maintenance. It’s too early to gauge how much I will save. The first two service intervals for the LEAF include a tire rotation at 7,500 miles and the same again at 15,000 together with a few inspections. The 15,000 mile service includes a free battery check/tune-up. There is very little that needs doing to the LEAF!! I purchased an extended warranty good until 100,000 miles which should eliminate expenses due to electronic or mechanical issues. The Malibu cost on average $800 per year to maintain, One would hope to be able to cut this by a third with an EV. That may end up saving me an additional $1,750 over the life of the vehicle. Time will tell how much the scheduled services actually cost.

If the LEAF lives beyond 100,000 miles, which it should, the savings just keep mounting. The LEAF will be about 7 years old when I reach 100,000 miles given my current mileage. It will probably be time to trade anyway, electric vehicles will have advanced significantly by then.

Who said Electric Vehicles are too expensive?

If you are a LEAF owner, feel free to download and use the spreadsheet for your own cost savings tracking. Enter into Orange cells the one-time parameters for the spreadsheet. Enter into the yellow cells the latest information regarding the vehicle mileage and gas costs in your area. Also you’ll need to maintain the log of kWh used on the table to the left of the savings analyses. Send me a comment if you have suggestions for improvement or have questions in customizing to your vehicle.

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8 Responses to On track to save $10,000 in Fuel

  1. Anand Beera says:

    Thank you very much for very informative and useful things written about LEAF.

  2. Denys says:

    Where did the extra incentives come from beyond the $7500 federal incentive?

    • jpwhitehome says:

      Tennessee kick in $2,500 at point of sale for the first 1,000 EV purchasers in the State of Tennessee. I qualified 🙂

      I also accounted for the value of the free L2 charger and QC port thanks to the EV project.

  3. Mike J says:

    Another awesome and useful spreadsheet. You have the best Leaf blog online. WAY betterh than the Nissan authorized one. Thanks!

    • jpwhitehome says:

      NP Thanks for your kind comments.

      Glad someone found them useful.

    • jpwhitehome says:

      Hey Mike.

      Based upon real world experience I have changed a formula in the spreadsheet that is helps estimate vehicle range. I had previously assumed I’d get access to only 22 KwH of the 24 KwH battery. Based on those numbers my journey today of 63 miles in 36 degree weather with heating on should have resulted in a low battery warning close to home. It did not. Additionally I started out with 11/12th charge not a full charge. My earlier assumptions were too pessimistic. I’ve changed the formula to now assume full access to the 24KwH of battery advertised by Nissan.

      If you want to do the same change cell M35 (Miles Per Bar) as follows


      Previously the 24 was a 22.

      My predicated range on full charge is now 75 miles, with early battery warning at 64, versus the previous 69 miles of range with early warning at 58.

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