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!