Nissan LEAFs Rack Up 50% More Miles Per Year Than Average ICE Cars

JAN 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Nissan LEAF in Europe

Nissan LEAF in Europe

Nissan recently provided data on the average distance driven by LEAFs in Europe, which indicates that LEAFs drive over 50% more miles than petrol or diesel vehicles.

There areover 31,000 LEAFs in Europe (and over 150,000 worldwide) and their average annual mileage stands at 10,307 miles. Internal combustion-powered vehicles, on average, cover just 6,721 miles / 10,818 km*.

“* Average is calculated from 2013 market specific annual average statistics using data from the UK, France, Spain Italy, Sweden and Norway. An even weighting was applied to each country to find a ‘European Average’. A German statistic was not used in the European average as the raw data is not available and all average kilometre figures quoted are estimates.”

ICE average:

UK Average (km)


France Average  (km)


Spain Average  (km)


Italy Average  (km)


Sweden Average  (km)


Norway Average  (km)




European Average (km)


Data on the LEAFs comes from CarWings telemetry.

The highest average is in Spain – 11,858 miles, but in colder climates, like Sweden, mileages are high too – 10,954 miles.

On a weekly basis, this translates to 228 miles for Spain and 198 miles for the whole of Europe – see table – while ICE vehicles average 129 miles per week:


Total Miles Recorded Per Week

Total Miles Recorded Per
Annum (LEAF)


“* Totals based on Nissan’s Global Data Center (GDC) as of 30.09.2014 (UTC). The average is gathered only from Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings, approximately 54% of total sales. Data used is from 01.04.14 – 30.09.14”

“Further research from the automaker indicated that 89 percent of LEAF drivers charge overnight at home, benefiting from a cost per mile of just two pence or less†.

This insight into LEAF driver habits, comes just four years since the car’s launch, in 2010, as one of the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicles. It is now the best-selling electric vehicle in history, with over 150,000 LEAF vehicles sold globally, more than 31,000 of which have been sold in Europe. The launch follows on from the success of the Nissan LEAF, its all-electric car, which has collectively clocked up an impressive one billion kilometres worldwide*.”

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan in Europe, stated:

“Since the beginning we have said that the Nissan LEAF is much more than just a city car or second car and now we can show the data that proves this. Our customers frequently tell us that they buy the Nissan LEAF as a second car, but end up using it far more than their other vehicle and the information we receive from CarWings reinforces that message.”

“The customers tell us this is because the car has very low fuel and servicing costs and that along with the smooth, almost silent ride of the Nissan LEAF make it difficult to go back to a diesel or petrol car.”

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18 Comments on "Nissan LEAFs Rack Up 50% More Miles Per Year Than Average ICE Cars"

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Just as expected. Anything else would have been a surprise.

Are these folks just driving long distances to prove they can, or do they actually have longer commutes than most? If it is the former, how exactly are they reducing energy/CO2?

It actually makes sense. First of all 10,300 miles a year isn’t that much.Plus it would make sense that those commuters that have the longest commutes would clearly see the gas savings from switching to a BEV over those that have very short commutes. Those that have very short commutes might not be as inspired to switch to a BEV if their fuel savings are too small to make up the difference for the modest price premium one pays for a BEV.

+1 It’s a self selecting group. Also, I imagine the data in the US would look quite different.

I live in Southern California, and it looks like I drove my LEAF about 50% more miles than I did my 335d in the same two year period.

Jevon’s Paradox?

There are many reasons for this.

One is that many of the cars are bought by municipals/companies/hospitals/universities etc. that have them used all day long by differet users.

Another is that it makes most economic sense for longer commuters and drivers with longer average daily drives to go electric so they are the first to change to EV’s based on economy.

A third is that these electric “city car” most of the times are bought as the second car in the household behind the main family car. But when used is more ecnomical and more fun so it becomes the main car (and the one that will be fought over to drive) replacing a lot of the long distance family ICE car’s miles too.

A fourth is the less cost (and bad conscience) of driving. European petrol prices makes you drive as mode of transport and only as far as you must. Now you can drive for fun on the cheap too, and hopefully giving you a reason to see friends and family more often than before. Which becomes partly a Jevon’s Paradox.

What else? Hmm, no those are the four main reasons.

Speaking from experience – our Leaf is used daily for about 20 000 km/year (13k miles). The ICE is relegated to occasional duty and long trips, the mileage/year on it is about half.

Most miles are usually put on a car by commuting – since the LEAF was designed and advertised as a commuter car, it shouldn’t be a surprise that is is used as such.

Hey I have a Chevy Volt and do around 22k+ miles a year, 95% electric, but I do like going on long distance trips and I always get home.

That’s pretty great…must have ~ 40 mile commute with a charger at both ends?

I have a 37+ mile commute and I don’t have an ability to charge at my work. I have to make multiple runs into work many days a week, I have a L2 EVSE at home.

Australian motorists drive an average 15,530km per year and for New Zealand it is 14,000km per year.

Oh statistics!
So they took the average from a fleet of cars that are relatively new (<4 years) and compared to the average for the full population of vehicles (average age much higher). It is a well known fact that older cars are used less. They should be comparing against other cars of the same age to get the true picture.
The take away though is that these EVs get used, which is great.

O’, them CO2 levels are a tumblin’ down!

(or at least rising slower, thanks to EV driving)

Well in the EU the CO2 levels are going down. And on a global level the increase in emissions were just 2% for 2013.
If the trend continues we might soon finally be looking at a global decrease in emissions.

In Quebec (canada) I drive 40 000- 45 000 km (24000-26000 miles) a year to go to work with my volt and 80% of this is pure electric. The minivan (Ice) is used only for family trip with only 15 000 km a year

Wow.. I’m just amazed at how much more Americans drive. I always knew it was “more”, but this is the first time I’ve seen the data.