Nissan Leaf Electric Car Owners Cover 100 Million Miles Too

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Two weeks ago, we noted that drivers of the Chevrolet Volt had covered 100 million electric miles.

What we neglected to note at the time was that Nissan Leaf drivers are keeping pace, having covered more than 100 million electric miles as well.

And it's appropriate to note that total today, just one day after the two-year anniversary of the first Nissan Leaf delivery to take place in the U.S.

As of today, in fact, both cars are comfortably over 100 million electric miles.

The actual number is 113.7 million for Leaf drivers globally, and 106.8 million for drivers of the Chevy Volt range-extended electric car. 

In both cases, those totals only apply to drivers who've given permission for the carmakers to track their mileage through the car's onboard cellular link.

Other electric-miles totals include 29.4 million miles in the global fleet of about 2,500 Tesla Roadsters, and almost 20 million in the growing fleet of Tesla Model S luxury sport sedans.

Fourteen months ago, we noted that electric cars had totaled about 35 million miles on electricity in the U.S. alone. Now it's around 200 million.

And those miles will accumulate at an accelerating rate.

Last year, about 17,500 plug-in cars were sold in the States. This year, the total will be more than 50,000. Next year, the number will be higher yet.

To keep it all in perspective, there are roughly 1 billion vehicles on the planet. So the total electric miles covered by perhaps 100,000 of them are a drop in the bucket.

But those drops will expand over time.

And isn't that how all change happens: one step at a time?

[hat tip: Brian Henderson]


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Comments (10)
  1. Based on the terrible inaccuracy of Nissan's Carwings, I'd suggest that it's much more than the figure quoted.

    For example, my own 2011 Nissan Leaf has 29,600 miles on the odometer. Carwings says my car only has 25,000 miles or so.

    Assuming for similar inaccuracies with other Leafs, that figure could easily be 130 million miles or more.

  2. I rarely hit accept or deny on my screen, mostly to protest that I have to hit the button every time I start my Leaf. Does that mean my miles aren't being counted?

  3. Yes

  4. 200 million miles are 200 millions miles. @ 40MPG, that is 5 Million gallon of gas. @ 50MPG, that is 4 million gallon of gas.

    Those EV miles are at least 1.6x more efficient than the 50MPG cars... This is a proof that the more EVs that we have, the better we are at efficiency.

  5. I mentioned to two of my coworkers today that every US gallon of gasoline burned produces about 19 pounds of carbon dioxide.

    They looked at me suspiciously, not believing. It is basic chemistry, conservation of molar mass, I said -- something that a smaller and smaller percentage of the population understands. That includes me, but at least I looked it up :)

  6. So, it also clear shows the fact that ICE also uses energy from sources that it doesn't carry, unlike the BEV/Plugin EV cars. Oxygen is an important part of that energy generation. All ICE car depends on that. But EVs do NOT. They basically carry ALL of their own energy in the battery where ICE only carry a portion of that.

    So, maybe if we can design a battery that use some part of the "air" (like fuel cell) then the energy density of the battery pack will get a lot better.

  7. Electrons are really, really small. All the electrons you will use to power your Volt today, will fit easily in that mouse you are clicking.

    Until we are able to pack them in and distribute them through much more compact packages, here is some hope in using the air as part of energy generation Yes it's the lithium-air battery which you have seen previously.

  8. I wasn't worry about the size of electrons... :)

    I worried about the size of the device that converts or holds those electrons, especially when there are lots of it (enough to power a car for 250 miles).

  9. 17,800 miles on our 2011 Nissan Leaf, 64,800 miles on our 2000 Ford Ranger EV NiMH, 82,600 FU miles to OPEC/Oil companies, priceless...

  10. the exponential increase in EV miles will continue for years. How long to a Billion? I predict it will happen Dec 13, 2014 about 3 in the afternoon... no!, make that 3:16 in the afternoon

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