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