We have now owned our 2014 Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicle for about seven months. Here are some stats and reflections.
- We’ve driven it 3,474 miles.
- The car has used just slightly over 1,428 kWh. This is missing the few kWhs I put in at the dealership charger and a very few other locations which I did not record. A breakdown of energy delivered by charging level follows:
- All that energy cost us $183, or about $0.05/mile. A 2014 Nissan Sentra averaging 30 mpg in the city would have used $253 worth of gas at today’s super low gas prices (plus another $20-$50 for one oil change). Judging from used car ads, our purchase price would have been about the same as the used Leaf. So over seven months, we’ve saved about $100 is gas and maintenance.
- Using Xcel Energy figures, driving the Leaf compared to the Sentra avoided 1,051 lbs of CO². It basically halved the greenhouse gas emissions associated with driving our car, the second largest source of emissions from a typical household.
Our driving habits haven’t changed much, although we take the other car if we’re venturing beyond the 394/494 ring in the winter. If you turn “eco” mode off, acceleration is impressive. Lots of people ask “is that car really just electric?” If Xcel Energy ever approves a sensible metering plan for electric vehicles, we could cut our charging costs over the same time period down to about $100, or almost half of what we paid the last seven months.