Tonight I will be rolling over 100,000 miles on my second LEAF. The first Nissan LEAF having gone in excess of 150,000 miles brings me to a quarter of a million all electric miles.
This has been nearly mechanically perfect - the only issue was the power window switch on the 2011 and the blue finish has cracked off the hood emblem on the 2014. Other than that - both have their original brakes, one set of tires on the 2011 and no other maintenance needed. There aren't many ICE drivers that can attest to such a trouble free experience.
In December 2013, I was recognized by Washington Governor Inslee and Nissan NA representatives as the first driver in the US and likely the world to reach 100,000 miles on a mass produced all electric vehicle. Now I have hit that milestone again. My original intention for going all electric was to save money. At 30MPG the electricity works out to less than $0.90 per gallon equivalent. So what haven't I used? Some 8,000 gallons of gasoline yielding a savings of nearly $18,000.
In early 2014, it wasn't possible to purchase a new battery which is why I didn't replace the 2011's. They were only available for warranty replacement which isn't why I needed one. While I was completing my promise to reach 150,000 on the 2011, Nissan started their replacement program.
The 2014 battery appears to be holding up fairly similar to the 2011 at 100,000 miles. GID count is 219. Still good enough to get me each way in my 125 mile round trip commute even on dark rainy nights.
In 2011, My Employer - Taylor Shellfish in Shelton Washington made this all possible by installing one of the first publicly accessible no charge to use Level 2 EVSEs in Western Washington. Since then, we have installed more units at some of our other locations to be used by employees and visitors. I am very appreciative to them for allowing this to happen.
When others like me ordered our cars nearly sight unseen in 2011, we had no idea what the future would bring. I think it is fair to say we are just beginning to see the options ahead of us.
Thanks for including me in this journey we have taken from the forefront of the EV movement. Steve
Mileage as of May 19, 2016 is 150,000 - 147 GID at 100%
Ordered Jan. 21, 2011 Delivered May 13, 2011
Number of months with highest mileage on Carwings - 23
First LEAF to 100,000 Miles in USA if not worldwide
First non commercial LEAF to 150,000 Miles