100,000 Gas Free Miles!

100,000 Miles!

100,000 Miles!

After 5 1/2 years of owning my LEAF I have hit the 100,000 gas free milestone. Yoohoo!

The EV Experience.

I look forward to the next 100,000 electric miles. The car drives as well as it did when it was new. Smooth, fast and quiet. Once you’ve driven electric, you never want to go back, it’s like going from dial-up to broadband. The biggest problem I experienced was the original battery wore out prematurely requiring a major expense to replace.

EV Statistics

In those 100,000 miles I plugged the car in 6,062 times, 762 of which were rapid charge sessions. 64% of the electricity I used came from my home, 36% from public locations. In this time I have used 31.8 Megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 20,000 homes! Sounds expensive? Not really, total cost was $2,682. Still sound expensive? Had I driven my previous car for 100,000 miles the gasoline would have cost me over $14,000. So I saved $11,598.96 over driving a gas vehicle. All things being equal I should be on target to save another $11,500 over the next 100,000 miles. This estimate of savings is as accurate as I could make it. Each month I noted the miles I drove, the amount of electricity I used to charge the LEAF, the cost of gasoline and cost of electricity. I then calculated the difference between driving the LEAF and my previous car a Chevy Classic which got 25 mpg, close to the national average fuel economy. These calculations are in a spreadsheet I created.

Have you ever been offered 51 free tanks of gas by a car dealer?

One interesting statistic is that the value of free charging I received at Nissan facilities is worth $680 in electricity enough to drive 21,831 miles. This free charging is the equivalent of getting over 51 free tanks of gasoline worth $2,772.58. When was the last time a new car dealer offered you 51 free tanks of gas with the purchase of a new car? Just visit any Nissan dealer and top off your ‘tank’ whenever you feel like it. That’s a deal!

Did I break Even?

The LEAF was more expensive to buy than an equivalent gasoline car (Nissan Versa), so did I break even? The car cost $33,160 and thanks to the Federal Government and the State of Tennessee, my cost after incentives was $23,160. My fuel savings over 100,000 miles reduce my effective cost to $11,561.04. The residual value of the two vehicles is about the same leaving me $7,000 richer. But I have to include the cost of a new battery for the LEAF. So I figure I actually saved about $1,000 over buying a smaller, noisier, slower, jerkier and smellier car. The new battery should be good for another 100,000 miles so I will come out well ahead of a gasoline car when the car reaches end of life. Even without the $10,000 in incentives, it is possible to save money over the life of the car.

Would I do it again?Β 

Of course! I plan to get the Tesla Model 3 when it becomes available in 2017 which will cost about the same as the original LEAF. The Model 3 will provide the ability for coast to coast travel, not just regional travel and will come with a whole host of advanced features. The EV marketplace has come a long way in the last 6 years.

100,000 Gas Free Miles!

100,000 Gas Free Miles!


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4 Responses to 100,000 Gas Free Miles!

  1. tparton42 says:

    JP, congrats on reaching 100k miles. Are you planning to upgrade your TCU cellular modem?

    Had I purchased my 2013 Leaf, I would probably spring for the upgrade; but as my lease should end soon, I am planing to pass on the upgrade.

    • jpwhitehome says:

      I do have the TCU upgrade on order at my dealer. It’s on back order. AT&T haven’t cut us off just yet so I am hopeful I’ll get the upgrade prior to the 2G network being turned off.

      I recently purchased the 2015/16 map upgrade, previously I had the maps that came with the car. May as well make it as good as it can be for the next 100,000 miles πŸ™‚

      What are you planning to get when you turn your LEAF in?

      Happy new year BTW

      • tparton42 says:

        JP, I will probably lease another Leaf or an i3. The Nashville area just doesn’t have a wide selection of BEV’s yet, and I cannot justify the price of a new Tesla Model S or X. The very low availablity of CCS DCFC, makes it unlikely that I will go with anything other than a Leaf until a 180+ mile range BEV is available.

        My lease is supposed to end at the end of January, but a NMAC agent told me a few weeks ago that they would be willing to extend my lease on a month to month basis for up to 6 months. So I am hoping that the extra time there will bring forth a longer range Leaf, and perhaps some extra competiton from Chevy and VW. My understanding is that VW is supppsed to start rolling out nationwide this year. But I am not holding my breath.

        I have a reservation for a Tesla Model 3, but I do not expect to see those available in TN until early 2019. That said, I might be swayed to purchase a CPO Model X once they are available.

      • jpwhitehome says:

        Yes I imagine Nissan are happy for you to continue your lease, they probably don’t want it back πŸ™‚

        I doubt Nissan will do much with the LEAF this year, you never know the Bolt maybe available by mid year, like you I’m not holding my breath. I enquired with Hyundai about IONIQ availability, the dealer in Hendersonville aren’t very forthcoming. The IONIQ is CCS but early reports from Europe indicate the EPA range of of 124 miles is understated because the EPA test with only the least aggressive regen.

        I’m more bullish on the Model 3 availability, I hope we will see the first coming at the end of this year or Q1 2018.

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