Cost update – Feb to April 2015

The car just rolled over 36,000 km and it is 1 week away from owning the car for one year now – right about what I had estimated for kilometres.  Time for a cost report update!  (The first cost report I posted can be found here.)

The big news item in the intervening 3 months was the return of the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive, which for a Leaf is $5,000 off of the purchase price.  I have added a Leaf with this incentive added to illustrate what the incentive would have done, in my case anyways.

Table with 2015 cost data to date - click to enlarge
Table with 2015 cost data to date – click to enlarge

I would have been pretty darn happy if this incentive had been available when I purchased my Leaf, because as you can see in the chart below, you will note that I would reach cost parity with BOTH the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle and the Prius about this time!

Graph illustrating actual costs and forecasted costs - click to enlarge
Graph illustrating actual costs and forecasted costs – click to enlarge

An interesting tidbit from this time period, a report came out that analyzed battery degradation against daily driving habits and found that EVs will work for a substantial portion of the US population even with 20% degradation after several years.  I might replace my battery a few years earlier than the average (as shown in my chart in 2020) because of the long commute I have.

And from the rumour mill, the Leaf may get a mid-cycle refresh with a battery with more range!  I would find this quite useful to help bridge the typical distances between towns on the Crowsnest Highway and Highway 97 (since towns/cities are more likely to have available EVSEs), so if it were available to retrofit into a Leaf, I would likely replace my battery even earlier to take advantage of this improvement in technology.

You might be asking about the battery I currently have and all of the embodied energy and materials that went into it – Nissan has an answer for that, use the batteries in grid storage applications!  (I suspect this will be par for the course for most EV batteries once they have been replaced.)

Lastly, not really EV related, but useful for anyone putting bikes on their small to mid-sized car.  I had been using a Yakima “Stick-Up” 4 bike rack, but it was almost 100 lbs, which meant that I was slightly over the listed 200 lbs weight limit for the tongue weight on my hitch for the Leaf.  I purchased a NSR-4 rack from Northshore Racks in Vancouver – this rack is slightly over 50 lbs, so now my total load is comfortably under 200 lbs.  As a bonus, the rack is easier to work around when it is empty on the car, I can leave it up all the time and still access the hatch.

4 bikes loaded up!
4 bikes loaded up!

Ride on!

kootenay andrew

kootenay andrew

Andrew is an environmental engineer by day, "kid activity/school volunteer" by evening, and EV advocate / blogger in his remaining spare time.

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.)
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Andrew is an environmental engineer by day, "kid activity/school volunteer" by evening, and EV advocate / blogger in his remaining spare time. 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.)

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