Nissan Leaf Driver Passes 100,000 Miles Without a Single Drop of Gasoline

By Jacob Brown | December 20, 2013
The Nissan Leaf has been sold in the U.S. since 2011. That's not a long time. But for driver Steve Marsh out of Washington State, it has been more than enough time to have already accumulated more than 100,000 miles. Marsh purchased his 2011 Nissan Leaf in March of 2011 and has worked with his employer to install an electric car charger to help him plug in when he's not driving. In case you're wondering, his total works out to about 3,000 miles per month, or about 750 miles a week--just over 100 miles per day. His daily commute for work is 60 miles one way. The 2011 Nissan Leaf is EPA-rated at 73 miles per charge and was only upgraded to 76 to 84 miles per charge in the recently upgraded 2013 version. That's a whole lot of plugging in for about six hours at a time on a Level 2 electric charger. The 2013 model has since halved the time it takes to charge the car.
"It was simply to save money. I could see the operating costs were going to be less than a gasoline car," said Marsh in a statement. Marsh estimates that he has saved more than 3,000 gallons of gasoline since he's owned the car, or more than $9,000 in total savings compared to a traditional gasoline car. "I am confident that Nissan's LEAF is a perfect commuter car for those that put serious miles on their car or just need to run around town," said Marsh. Nissan estimates that it has sold more than 40,000 Leafs in the U.S. since 2011, making it, by far, the most popular all-electric car in the U.S. Tesla could be catching up, however, as it's already found nearly 20,000 owners since going on sale at the end of 2012. Source: Nissan