LEAF Family Logs 24,000 Miles in First 18 Months of Ownership

By · November 15, 2012

Seeking to put to rest the myth that battery electric vehicles are only for low-mileage drivers, Nissan released a video featuring a LEAF family from Orlando, Fla., that have logged nearly 24,000 miles in their car over just 18 months of ownership. Shannon and Christin Monroe (and their 9-month-old son) use their LEAF almost exclusively, averaging nearly 45 miles per day in and around town. The Monroes’ daily mileage is roughly 50 percent higher than the national average.

A link to the video, published in September, was sent to Nissan LEAF owners this week in a company newsletter.

PluginCars.com readers may be familiar with the even more impressive mileage Tom Moloughney has put on his BMW ActiveE since receiving it earlier this year. In his first eight months of ownership, Tom managed to drive his ActiveE more than 25,000 miles, averaging around 100 miles per day. In a recap of his first 25,000 miles of ownership posted here this September, Tom says he plans to average 35,000 miles per year in his car over the course of his 24-month lease.

For those who think that cases like these are more the exception than the rule, consider the recent Ecotality study, which showed that EV owners actually use their cars slightly more than the average driver. With time, Ecotality found that plug-in owners learn to use their vehicles more and more effectively, allowing them to get more average miles from their cars with time. The study found that EV owners drive 30 miles per day, about 1.2 miles more than the average driver.

It is often said that better batteries and longer range will be the keys to greater market penetration for electric vehicles. But what is sometimes forgotten is that there is already a large portion of the driving population for whom EVs already make a lot of sense. As people see their neighbors putting more miles on cars like the LEAF and Volt than they do on their ICEs, an awareness should gradually start to build about their potential—hopefully translating to an increase in buyer consideration.


· · 5 years ago

Yeah yeah but they didn't took a long trip to somewhere in that year and a half. me each month or so i do a long trip to somewhere driving 2-3 hours without charging or gassing and if i need gas then it take 5 minutes.

I still think that for me and a lot of drivers then a volt is a better buy, especially as it cost only 5000$ more only.

· Jethro (not verified) · 5 years ago

Gorr: Wouldn't it make more sense for the majority of folks who perhaps only take a longer trip like the one you describe a few times a year to simply rent another vehicle for those trips? Why pay for something all year long when you only need the extended range a few times a year. Saves miles on your vehicle and you're driving something that's new and covered under the rental agreement in case you break down.

However, in your case with the monthly long trips, a Volt or similar vehicle sounds perfect.

· Chris A. (not verified) · 5 years ago

Just rolled over 34,000 miles in 19 months... Yawn! :-)

· Spec (not verified) · 5 years ago

I hope they don't let the 9-month old son drive often, that sounds dangerous. ;-)

I'm glad some people are out there stress testing the cars. It will be interesting to see how the batteries do considering such usage. I suspect Nissan will just need to swap out a few cells a little earlier.

· Iletric (not verified) · 5 years ago

30,000 in 15 months, Where's the beef?

· · 5 years ago

Me too, 31000 in 17 months in SoCal. LEAF is the best car I've ever owned. Perfect for 85 mile round trip to and from work. Good employer who allows me to plug into a 120V outlet and will soon get a ChargePoint to encourage other employees to buy a plug-in vehicle.

· · 5 years ago

We've racked up 25K LEAF miles in 18 months ourselves, in no small part thanks to having places to plug in away from home. And the majority of those miles are in the mountains. According to our "gid" meter, our LEAF has lost about 8% of its battery capacity, not too bad considering that Li-ion batteries tend to degrade faster in the first year or two.

· Axe (not verified) · 5 years ago

@abasile - "grid" meter? do tell...

· · 5 years ago

9000 in 11 months, about 3 months of traveling for work kept me from having more miles.

· · 5 years ago

14,000 in 12 months, and I was gone for 4 of those months! I also logged my first 4 HR. DRIVE the other day, from North SF bay to South & back, thanks to new 440V Quick-chargers on the peninsula!! :-D The future is looking cleaner!

· · 5 years ago

@Axe: A "gid" meter reports state of charge in terms of the amount of energy the LEAF estimates it has stored, as read from the CAN bus that's normally used for diagnostic purposes. The smallest reported unit of stored energy is approximately 80 watt hours and is nicknamed the "gid" in honor of Gary Giddings, the inventor of the small device that reads this data.

As the battery ages, the amount of energy it is capable of storing decreases. This tends to be reflected in the gid count when the car is fully charged.

· Don Correll (not verified) · 5 years ago

Love passing up them gas stations. 22,000 miles in 10 months

· · 5 years ago

Nice car, I might actually buy one if they trippled the size of the battery.... Wouldn't it be nice if someone found a way to get the battery price down?

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