Nissan LEAFs Around The World Pass 3 Billion KMs (1.86 Billion Miles) Driven – Videos

DEC 18 2016 BY JAY COLE 26

Nissan has reported that its all-electric LEAF fleet around the world have now cumulatively drive over 3 billion kilometers (1.86 billion miles).

3 billion and counting...

3 billion and counting…

The company says that this represents some ~ 500 million kilograms of CO2 emissions*

“When we introduced the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, it triggered a new wave of interest in zero emission technology and was the first step on our path to achieving Intelligent Mobility,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe.

“Since then, our electric vehicles have grown in popularity, and today our LEAF customers have reached a landmark moment having collectively driven over three billion kilometers, saving almost 500 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.”

And for some reason, Nissan has decided that the achievement was a good time (albeit kinda random) to promote something called an “energy pop-up café” in Paris – with the concept being that you pay with energy over cash, and its new “Electrify the World Movement” (video of which below).

“…But electric vehicles are just one element of Nissan’s vision. Our pay with energy café is the perfect way of showcasing how we can potentially revolutionize the way in which we generate and utilize energy. We want to allow people to experience for themselves how new technologies such as xStorage Home can benefit their lives today, as well as help improve the lives of future generations.”

In total, Nissan has delivered ~275,000 all-electric vehicles globally through November of 2016.

As for what the “Electrify the World Movement” actually is, Nissan notes:

The opening of the Nissan Electric Café launches Electrify The World, a new digital community platform. Through the brand’s network of social media sites and websites, Nissan will be using its expertise from almost a decade in electric vehicles to inspire new conversations about sustainability and cleaner living. The platform also gives users a forum to engage in discussion, interact with the brand and offer opinions. It aims to engage audiences across Europe and inspire them to join Nissan’s electric revolution, living smarter and more sustainable lifestyles.

Hat tip to Adrian!

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26 Comments on "Nissan LEAFs Around The World Pass 3 Billion KMs (1.86 Billion Miles) Driven – Videos"

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If they could claim they somehow reduced the number of miles people drive, I’d be more impressed. And the Tesla wastes more kW/mile than the Leaf. But I know there is no hope of getting people onto bikes.

That video was pretty ambiguous. “Note tip” didn’t help much either: could use more details. I suppose that will all be coming soon. But I applaud Nisan and their fearless leader Ghosen.

According to this Tesla website, they have traveled around 5.5 Billion km.

https://www.tesla.com/electricroadtrip

Which is a lot more – and with less cars.

US drives about 3,000 billion miles in a year (~5,000 billion km). So both Tesla and Nisan numbers are drops in the bucket and to argue whose drop is bigger doesn’t make sense at this point. I’m happy that the miles are finally registering and the needle is no longer pegged at 0.
https://www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/2016/12/05/vehicle-miles-traveled-another-look-at-our-evolving-behavior

Thanks for the link. It shows how far we are from EVs having a real effect on CO2, and also how population growth swamps per capita reductions in driving.

> “It shows how far we are from EVs having a real effect on CO2”

Unfortunately, even if all cars on the road where EV’s powered by green sources, it will still be not enough. It’s going in the right direction, but when you have a single container ship producing the CO2 of 50 million ICE vehicles, by burning bunker oil, and there are around 50,000 container ships, with around 17,000 being bulk carriers, it makes the whole EV quest a bit of joke.

It’s get all the attention, but it’s like putting out an entire forest fire, by putting out the fire on a single tree.

At least EV’s help us with energy independence, more local jobs, cleaner air, and long term lower costs, which aids other parts of the economy.

How true. Could never figure out why they have not devised solar, or some other form of renewable energy to power these ships. They moved pretty slowly, and they do use a lot of fuel, so any offset you would think would have a positive economic impact well as environmental.
Sort of like what we are seeing with EV buses, a big win situation I would think.

Dang, what a kill joy party downer fact to bring up. Hopefully those ships will be on the radar screen soon. Got to kill one demon at a time. And don’t bring up China’s coal power plants. Lots of work left to do.

You are conflating CO2 and other pollutants. That figure is for cancer and asthma-causing pollutants, not CO2. Marine shipping is a much larger source of some pollutants than light vehicles. But marine shipping accounts for about 4.5% of global CO2. Light vehicles account for about 18% of CO2 production globally.

If governments hold vehicle producers to stricter standards going forward, as planned (I guess that doesn’t count the US now) shipping is expected to become a much larger percentage of the total by 2050.

That’s not even remotely close to true. The Maersk Triple E class is among the absolute largest container ships ever built.

One of those container ships are equivalent of about 20 000 cars when looking at CO2.

Container ships are very polluting in other ways though, it’s very important that we force cleaner fuel upon them and all other ships.

e-bikes use a tenth wh/mi vs. BEVs. Every person who has a reasonably short commute (<10mi one way) and bike paths s/he can use and gives up a car does 10x for environment than a person switching from an ICE car to an EV. Even if climate doesn't allow for bicycle use half the year, that's still 5x better.
Sure, an e-bicycle can't handle everything (though than cna haul kids & groceries), but a household with 2 adults can usually get by with one car — as it is, in 2-car households one of them is primarily a commuter.

Why stop at 10 miles. My commute was 25 miles each way, and took at least 45 minutes with traffic. I go back to visit on my e-bike, and get there in just over an hour. Plus I don’t have to go home and jog. 🙂

All electric cars is way less than 1%, and it’s been about 6 years now that this “revolution” has started.

I think at some point, a snowball effect, will happen, where EV’s will just take off, because range will not be an issue, due to larger batteries, charging will be not an issue, due to higher charge rates, and the price of components will come down, and so it will be more economical to get the EV over an ICE.

My 2016 Leaf SV lost its first bar at 12900 miles, oh well it’s leased.

2013 leaf (3/2013) with 42k still is a 12 bar car. Should drop below 85% in the spring. About four years after build date. 2016 SV (10/2015) still at 100% SOH +/- 2% depending on conditions. 2016 is a Lease as well.

Nice you must live in moderate temperature area, I live in central Florida and it gets over 95 degrees for most of the summer.

Wow, it surprises me that you have already lost a bar. My 2015 Leaf S (leased) has over 22k miles on it after 2 years of use, and still has all 12 bars. Leaf Spy shows 95% SOH +/- 2% and I live in Metro Atlanta. So our summers may not be quite as hot as Central Florida but we are definitely not a mild climate.

I wonder if there are other factors at play with your battery. Did it sit on the dealer lot at full charge for a long time before you bought it? Or do you quick charge it once a day, or is yours left outside all the time (mine is garaged when not in use)? Just curious. Either way, Nissan really needs to go to an activate thermal management system in the next gen Leaf.

I signed lease on 1/26/16 so I don’t know how long it sat on dealer lot but I don’t think it was more than a few weeks. Monday to Friday it’s in the sun from 830am to 330pm but it is garaged over night. Level 2 charger is used over night on a daily basis. What is Leaf Spy?

Ah my friend, Leaf Spy is the greatest. It’s an app you can get for either iphone or android, and along with an OBDII dongle for your car (costs ~ $25 on Amazon) gives you direct access to a wealth of battery data in your Leaf. I’m a complete nerd so I test mine about once a month and log the results into a spreadsheet so I can track the battery health over time. 🙂

My 2013 Leaf, asaembled in May 2013, leased in Jan 2014, lost its first bar at about 11,900 miles in March of 2016. It has continued to degrade and I expect it to lose another bar within the next 3-6 months.

I live in Middle Tennessee, within 30 miles of the Smyrna plant. It is too bad that at least the early battery designs cannot handle the heat and humidity of the South-Eastern US.

Assume every LEAF ever built has an odometer of 12,500 miles (a bit less than on your odometer),
ie: 20,000 km.

With ~250,000 LEAF’s purchased globally, the total km would be 5 Billion km.

The takeaway is there are either lots of LEAF’s hiding somewhere will less than 12,500 lifetime miles, or Nissan has not accounted for some mileage.

BTW: 3,000,000,000 km over 250,000 LEAF’s averages to 12,000 km, or ~7,500 miles on each LEAF odometer.

3 billion kilometers with more than 200.000 cars? That’s a whopping 15.000 kilometers per car. Most of the people drive that distance in a year. Or do they only count the Carwings kilometers?

Yes, I think that are only Carwings kilometers like the first 1 Billion km. So if you don’t press the ok button because you drive first reverse, or you don’t register it will not be count.

This is all great stuff, by what about all the other stuff Nissan should have built into their car wings system.

Like, where is find my car? Apart from if it gets stolen, this would be a useful feature if someone else is driving it, you forgot where you parked, etc. Could work the same as AC, send a code and wait for the answer.

Or what about being able to log the GPS trip? Some people might not like it, so opt out, but I like to see where I’ve been, what sort of economy I got, etc. This should be simple information that the car can send to CarWings.

Not to mention the valuable data about where the cars are being used. Does Nissan capture that?

This is where Tesla has really understood what their technology can do for them and leveraged it, and where the likes of Nissan have just missed the boat completely.