Well, I crossed over 50,000 km with our 2014 Nissan Leaf today, so I thought this would be a good time to take a look at where we are with costs to-date.
I’m quickly approaching the cross-over point where the Leaf is cheaper than a Prius. The price of gas over the next few years will determine when I cross-over to lower cumulative cost than an equivalent infernal combustion car. I’d be cheaper than both already if the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive had been available when I purchased my car.
My all-time costs over 50,000 km are as follows:
- Electricity – $850
- Maintenance – $0 (the first 3 years of annual inspections are free)
- Home charger – $1,800 (including the price of install, and as noted under Charging, I could have done this for about 1/2 the price or less)
- Payments $12,150 (though if I had bought a lower trim level, this would have been less; approx. $10k)
- Something else to note is that a person looking at a Leaf today would have many viable used options to choose from; when I was looking, there were no used 2013 cars available and there weren’t any until late 2014. Now you can get a used 2013 SL (same trim) for about $25k.
Some other misc stats:
- Energy consumed by driving – 7,306 kWh
- Energy consumed from the wall – 8,120 kWh (charger efficiency assumed to average to 90%)
- Lifetime efficiency (battery to wheels) – 6.7 km/kWh (equal to about 1.7 L/100km, or 142 mpg)
- Lifetime efficiency (wall to wheels) – approx. 6 km/kWh (equal to about 1.9 L/100km, or 127 mpg)
- Gasoline consumption avoided – 3,800 L
- GHG avoided – 8,930 kg (hard to fathom isn’t it, almost 9 tonnes!)
- I still have all 12 of my capacity bars, though I think I am somewhere around 5% less capacity than when I bought the car. It is hard to tell!
He is very passionate about the future of energy generation & usage.He prefers bikes to cars, but acknowledges that Canadian cities have been developed primarily with cars in mind, so if we're going to drive, let's make them all EVs!(But let's get EV buses and take those where possible first.)