Video: Watch as Nissan LEAF Owner Turns 100,000 Gas-Free Miles

DEC 20 2013 BY MARK KANE 7

Nissan LEAF Owner Turns 100,000 Gas-Free Commuting Miles

Nissan LEAF Owner Turns 100,000 Gas-Free Commuting Miles

Steve Marsh turns 100,000 gas-free miles in Nissan LEAF

Steve Marsh turns 100,000 gas-free miles in Nissan LEAF

A few days ago, Nissan LEAF owner Steve Marsh received multiple honors in Washington on the occasion of exceeding 100,000 miles.

In addition to the news, Steve and Nissan prepared some additional video in which the odometer hits 100,000 miles.

Marsh Receives "Washingtonian of the Day" Award from Gov. Inslee - Image Credit: David Laura via Facebook

Marsh Receives “Washingtonian of the Day” Award from Gov. Inslee – Image Credit: David Laura via Facebook

Steve said that compared to previous car he saved over $9,000 since May 2011 commuting over 60 miles each way to work:

“I have saved over $9,000 driving my LEAF compared to my previous car that got 30 miles to the gallon. And I have not had to burn 3,000 gallons of gasoline.”

“It was simply to save money. I could see the operating costs were going to be less than a gasoline car.”

“I am confident that Nissan’s LEAF is a perfect commuter car for those that put serious miles on their car or just need to run around town.”

“There is room for a family. It is a perfect car.”

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee stated that he has plans to expand the state’s electrical corridor to the east and west:

“It is great that Washington State, which has led the world in so many ways, is again leading the world.”

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7 Comments on "Video: Watch as Nissan LEAF Owner Turns 100,000 Gas-Free Miles"

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I think this positive publicity will end up getting him a new battery replacement.

All of which leads to the question: Does he need a new battery?

Considering that Steve has previously expressed dismay at having to stop along the way to work to make it now, especially with the decrease in efficiency in winter and also concern that Nissan will not even offer a price to replace the pack, I’d say that yes – he probably definitely wants a new battery. Having to stop an extra 5-10 minutes each way on his 60mi commute has got to be annoying. You can see from his dash in the video that he probably only has about 60 miles range on a full charge (trip odometer at 53mi, LowBatteryWarning flashing). Most people will want to charge once the LBW comes on unless they know they only have a handful of miles left to their destination.

Does he “need” a new pack? Not as long as there is a free QC to top off a bit at on his commute.

I don’t think he needs a new battery. You can see on the picture and in the video that he looses only on bar (thats around 15% capacity). If the capacity is adequate, i think a battery will hold on up to 200.000 miles…

He’s actually down two capacity bars, so down approximately between 20-25% capacity from new.

Think how great this news would be if his range had been 150 miles on a full battery and not limited by a low capacity battery! Quick charging and filling up at work is a painful process in a modern day car.

Come on Nissan! It’s time to increase the range of your car so it’s not restricted to being a short range commuter.

How is the $9,000 computed?