Nissan LEAF Taxi Hits 100,000 Miles – Still Has All Battery Bars

2 years ago by Mark Kane 34

Busy Wizzy Hits 100,000 Mile Landmark

Busy Wizzy Hits 100,000 Mile Landmark

The Nissan LEAF that sparked an electric taxi revolution in Cornwall has clocked up its 100,000th

The Nissan LEAF that sparked an electric taxi revolution in Cornwall has clocked up its 100,000th

One of the C&C Taxi Nissan LEAF, called “Wizzy,” just crossed the 100,000 mile (160,000 km) mark in the UK.

Everyone who comes to check this story to see real-world battery capacity health probably will be a little disappointed, as Nissan nor C&C Taxis didn’t reveal the numbers.

Nissan did say that Wizzy didn’t lose a single bar of battery life, which in theory would mean the battery is at least above 85%.

In total, Wizzy counted over 25,000 pure electric paying fares and over 1,700 quick charges. Not bad.

“The distance it’s covered since entering service in July 2013 is equivalent to 100 round trips from the company’s base in Cornwall to Glasgow, more than four times around the world or almost half the distance to the moon.

But, despite living the same punishing life as any modern day taxi, Wizzy retains near full battery health and, incredibly, is still on its first set of brake pads.

Inspired by Wizzy’s performance, C&C Taxis now operates five further 100% electric Nissan LEAFs and an all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi.

Mark Richards, Fleet Manager at C&C Taxis, estimates that each vehicle saves the business around £8,500 per year in fuel bills and maintenance costs.”

Mark Richards, Fleet Manager at C&C Taxis said:

“When we speak to other taxi operators they often tell us range and battery life are the biggest factors preventing them from considering an electric taxi.”

“Then, when we tell them Wizzy’s done 100,000 miles and still has full battery health, they’re left speechless.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say Wizzy has transformed our business.”

“We took a gamble when we bought her but she’ll have paid for herself in just 24 months and the savings we’re now making across the fleet are phenomenal.”

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34 responses to "Nissan LEAF Taxi Hits 100,000 Miles – Still Has All Battery Bars"

  1. 100,000 miles / 1700 Quick Charges = ~59 miles between each quick charge!

    100,000 miles / 25,000 paying fairs = 4 miles per paid fair.

    Seems like C and C Taxi has found a great vehicle to match its business needs. Would be curious the dollar (pound) amount of fuel saved by going electric. Seems they will be able to drive over 200,000 miles … so saving (not buying gas) will continue to accumulate.

    1. miggy says:

      The fuel savings were about 17,000 UK pounds as stated in the Fully Charged video.

      1. Mike777 says:

        At current conversion rates that would be $25.970 US.
        Nearly the price of the car, in just one year.

    2. miggy says:

      Inspired by Wizzy’s performance, C&C Taxis now operates five further 100% electric Nissan LEAFs and an all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi.

      Mark Richards, Fleet Manager at C&C Taxis, estimates that each vehicle saves the business around £8,500 per year in fuel bills and maintenance costs.”

      To view the Fully Charged Video go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIdUdhJxIt0

      1. Mike777 says:

        8500 ~ $12,985.00.

    3. Will says:

      It’s the UK. Almost nobody takes a taxi more than 5 miles. Too damn expensive.

  2. Alonso Perez says:

    It seems to me that a taxi cycle is especially good for EVs. Speeds are not too fast, trips are short, plenty of regen. Also, UK weather is pretty close to ideal for battery conservation. It can get coldish in winter, but not seriously so, and it’s never Arizona hot.

    1. mike w says:

      Agreed. That cool climate in the U.K. is no doubt a contributing factor for the battery “Health” in this one particular case. I saw this same article on the Nissan web site yesterday. I’m wondering how many Leafs there are in North America that reached this milestone with these results? This article point out another issue. Nissan continues to require me to bring my leaf in for “Battery Usage Reports”. They check for among other things the number of D.C. fast charges you do in the car. Seems those D.C. fast chargers don’t really damage the battery so why is Nissan requiring us to bring our cars in for this report?

      1. Brent Jatko says:

        Perhaps they want to implement their own charger network?

    2. JP White says:

      Dead-on. The UK’s West Country climate is a ‘Goldilocks’ climate for the LEAF such that it does not suffer from loss of range due to heat or cold.

      In an ideal climate the LEAF has shown it has incredible staying power!!

      On Transport Evolved the battery remaining capacity was reported as 98% of original. Phenomenal!

  3. notting says:

    I think that is one more proof, that the time factor is much more important for modern batteries than the charging cycles factor concerning loosing capacity.

    How about a 10 year old battery? AFAIK only Renault and Smart are providing a 10 years guaranty with a defined percentage of capacity compared with the capacity when produced (only when the battery is rented, 75 resp. 80%).
    Will suitable batteries be available to an affordable price 10 years after the production stop?
    Renault said they’re able to disable the charging function. Currently only for people not paying the rent – but in the future also people with suitable batteries from other companys?

    notting

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      California Air Resources Board mandate for Electric Fueled Vehicle’s qualifying under ILEV/TZEV regulations require battery and Electric Drivetrains warranty no less then 10 years / 150,000 miles if sold in the state.

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      1. notting says:

        If you believe it or not: We had 2 cars in the family (1 belonged my parents, 1 my grandparents), both bought when I was 5 and my brother 3. _Both_ cars were driven for some years after we both got our car driving licences ASAP = my brother drove our parents 15 years old car for some years and I got grandpas car later until it was 21 years old. The last one had far less than 100Mm when it left the family…

        IMHO an EV should last longer because of less mechanical stuff. And currently there are no experiences if there will be an affordable battery after such a long time. Most battery upgrades in the past were only possible because the charging electronic could also be replaced. But in modern EVs, it’s extremely integrated = difficult to replace…

        notting

        1. sven says:

          Nissan currently sells a battery replacement for the LEAF for $5,499, plus exchange of the old battery. You get a new battery with the latest battery chemistry. You also have to pay for labor to swap out the battery, which should take about three hours. Nissan might also offer a larger capacity replacement battery for first generation LEAFs once the next generation LEAF go on sale.

          There are more details in the link below:
          http://insideevs.com/breaking-nissan-prices-leaf-battery-replacement-5499-new-packs-heat-durable/

          Per Nissan: “Battery replacements are now available for purchase at your certified Nissan LEAF dealers in the United States. The suggested retail price of the Nissan LEAF battery pack is $5,499. This price includes and requires a return of your original battery pack (valued at $1,000) to the dealer in exchange for the new battery. This price does not include tax, installation fees or an installation kit required for 2011 and 2012 vehicles. The MSRP for the installation kit (which includes brackets and other minor parts required to retrofit the newer pack to original vehicles) is approximately $225. Nissan expects the installation to take about three hours. However, dealers set the final pricing, so we recommend confirming with your local retailer.”

  4. Speculawyer says:

    It is funny how you’ll still see people posting that EVs will need a new battery after 3 to 5 years . . . despite cars going 100K miles and pretty much every Volt & LEAF made 5 years ago still on the road.

    1. sven says:

      To be fair, a bunch on early model year LEAFs in hot weather climates did have their batteries replaced under warranty.

  5. Grumpy says:

    It will be interesting to see if Nissan and others follow Tesla’s example and offer upgraded battery packs.

    Image putting a new 30 kWh battery in one of these. If battery prices drop to 150$/kWh, you would have a better than new car for 4500$.

  6. David Murray says:

    I would note that this is a 2013 model. I can tell because it has the state-of-charge screen. There has been much speculation that the battery in the 2013 models was much improved chemistry. Every report I’ve seen of degradation has been from 2011-2012 models.

    1. miggy says:

      It is a 2013 model, the car was put in service by the taxi company in July 2013 so the 160,000km’s was run up in just under two years.

  7. Bloggin says:

    EVs make a great taxi. Routes are define and with a smart dispatch system, cars can be dispatched based on available battery range. Plus helping to clean the air in crowded cities.

    I bet the longer range next gen 160+ mile EVs will have more taxi companies going with EVs.

  8. Ken says:

    I was thinking the same thing, it must be a 2013 model. My 2012 lost its first bar at just under 60,000 miles and by 64,000 miles i had lost two. I live in temperate NJ and my car didnt have Chademo so no quick charges. I’d still be driving it today if it didnt get totaled. My 2015 Leaf has 10,100 miles on it already and i expect the battery to hold up a little better from what ive heard about the newer cars. Congrats C&C, thats quite a milestone!

  9. Lensman says:

    Well, this certainly is a testament to how much Nissan improved its batteries from 2011 to 2013. Hopefully this will lead to a lot of other taxi companies starting to use BEVs, altho as noted in the article, the British Isles’ mild climate is certainly better for battery life than many or most other places highway-capable PEV automobiles are sold.

    1. Lensman says:

      Edit: It was Alonso Perez’s post above that noted the advantages of climate; that wasn’t mentioned in the article.

    2. JakeY says:

      Going by what was shown on the AESC site, chemistry of the Leaf battery even when it was unveiled in 2009 was supposed to be able to handle 100k miles easily without the kind of degradation seen before the updated batteries came out.

      Nissan never officially said what was the cause but rumors suggested it had to do with them going with a cheaper separator that degraded quickly in the heat.

      1. Eivind says:

        Hi.
        Norway here. Still got all 12bars after 102000km in my 2011mod Leaf.

        1. Mister G says:

          Very good..my 2012 Leaf in Central Florida has 31000 miles and lost 2 bars.

    3. Erik says:

      In Norway there is a 2011 model gone 128 000 km. The driver always charges 100% and often gets turtle mode. Range is still as good as new.

      post by driver (in norwegian):
      http://elbilforum.no/forum/index.php/topic,6280.msg372050.html#msg372050

  10. It’s at 90% SOH, according to this Leaf Spy screenshot that was shared. http://imgur.com/8btJduj

    1. mike w says:

      Thanks for the info. I was curious as to what all the numbers were.

  11. jzj says:

    Sorry if I missed it, but did it mention whether it is regularly fastcharged? Given the miles driven I would not be surprised if it were regularly fastcharged, but I don’t think it would necessarily have to be.

  12. Reecho says:

    Try 1 bar loss in 3000kms. 2012 model but still new stock sold by Nissan Australia.

    http://s214.photobucket.com/user/reechococko/media/EV/Leaf%201June15_zps4s1wjtgb.jpg.html

  13. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Tax service in UK is almost perfect/ideal situation for cars like LEAF.

    You never have to discharge/charge it fully which extends life and you have a mild weather which is ideal for EVs.

    Also, short time period (2 years) also helps…

  14. Leafer says:

    It’s not just the U.K Climate, the Newer Gen Leaf built in July 2013 + has some chemistry change and it’s the contributing factor not the climate. There are many 2011-2012 Leafs that have lost 1-2 battery capacity bars and some here in Ireland too. The Original Leaf also didn’t take kindly to too much fast charging.

    You may find 2011-2013 U.K Irish Leafs with all 12 bars with low mileage but I bet most of them are close to loosing their first bar.