Nissan LEAF Owners Race Towards 1 Billion Kilometers (w/video)

MAR 27 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

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Nissan LEAF Owners Drive Towards 1 Billion Kilometers

Let the race to 1 billion kilometers continue.

Nissan UK has put up a website that documents the travels of LEAF owners around the globe.  This site, focused on the goal of 1 billion cumulative report kilometer by LEAF owners, highlights several owner stories along the way.  One such story is found in video format below.

Per Nissan:

Nissan LEAF 1 Billion Kilometer Race

Nissan LEAF 1 Billion Kilometer Race

Drivers of the Nissan LEAF – the world’s best selling electric car – are racing towards the 1 billion kilometre mark. And some drivers are leading the pack.

Nissan has created a series of animated stories to celebrate the race to 1 billion electric KM featuring owners, beginning with Roberto San Jose.

Roberto, from Valladolid, narrates his own story as the first taxi driver in Spain to buy a Nissan LEAF, explaining that since buying his Nissan LEAF in October 2011 he has covered over 100,000 km and eliminated three quarters of his running costs.

“As long as my car is my business, my car will be a Nissan LEAF,” he says. The LEAF makes perfect sense. It’s relaxing to drive and it’s such a smooth ride that my clients love it too.”

Roberto’s story is already available via a number of social media platforms including Facebook, You Tube and Twitter as well as a dedicated website (http://experiencenissanleaf.co.uk/).

“Stories like Roberto’s are powerful reminders of how buying a Nissan LEAF can revolutionise a business today. He is one of many pioneers reaping the unique benefits of electric vehicles – and that number is growing by the day,” said Jean Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe.

Following Roberto, Nissan has launched animations featuring the stories of LEAF owners Pascal di Stefano and Vito Mondelli. Pascal, from Aix-en-Provence in France reveals how he has rediscovered his pleasure of driving in his Nissan LEAF. “I bought it as a second car,” he explains, “but in fact I mostly use the LEAF now.”

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Vito’s Story Was Animated When the Ticker Rolled Past 700,000 Kilometers

Vito Mondelli, from Bari in Italy, tells us of the time he decided to drive to the picturesque town of Taranto, over 100km away. His friends said he would never make it in an electric car however he proved them wrong, knowing that when fully charged he can drive his LEAF well over 100km, even on the motorway. His animation shows how he covered the distance in style, leading Vito to the conclusion that in his LEAF he feels he “doesn’t have any boundaries.”

As further landmarks are reached on the race to a billion kilometres, Nissan will release three further animations, telling the eye-opening stories of Laura Farina, Italy’s proud first-ever Nissan LEAF owner, and Sue Terry and Darren Golder from the UK, all of whom find LEAF has radically changed their driving experience.

It is estimated that the billion kilometre mark will be passed by January 2015 – rising sales and a rapidly expanding quick charge network mean the target might be beaten even earlier.

While the date of the achievement might move, there can be no denying the total kilometres covered globally. Thanks to Nissan LEAF’s innovative CarWings telemetry, an accurate log of the total distance covered by every car has been recorded since the car was launched in 2010.

As more milestones are reached throughout 2014, further animated stories will be revealed and a series of events, all highlighting the benefits of the Nissan LEAF, will be staged.

 Link to Nissan’s race to 1 billion kilometer website

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6 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Owners Race Towards 1 Billion Kilometers (w/video)"

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This is GREAT news and is noteworthy . A billion “electric” kilometers is the news. Lesser news is the Volt just crossed a billion total kilometers. Ford and Tesla too are racking up respectable kilometers now. Hats off to Nissan for being the first to cross the billion electric marker.

Drivers are going to be more likely to take longer trips when they get a vehicle with more range between the charges. Bigger batteries will only make this story better. It will be 1 Billion Kilometers added in less than a year.

Unfortunately, not everyone at Nissan is on the same page.

The dealership where we got our Leaf (in Everett, WA) just sent us a brochure with offers in advance of the lease’s upcoming expiry this summer.

It was all ICE. Not a single mention of a Leaf in the 2 brochures they sent us.

I actually called them to explain that the only reason we ever got a Nissan in the first place, is that it was electric – and the same goes probably for most Leaf lessees.

Hopefully they got the message.

The question among Leaf downers is when will there be batteries with more range.

If the Leaf could travel 150 miles at 65 mph on one charge, think what that would mean for Nissan sales.

Has Nissan ever published data on what percentage of LEAF drivers decline to allow reporting via Carwings? It’s very likely the Billion km milestone has already come and gone.

There never has been a participation level stated, but just looking at the raw data for LEAF sales and normal driving patterns for EV owners and the number is probably closee to 2 billion km than 1 atm.