Owner Of 100,000-Mile Nissan Leaf Electric Car To Be Honored Monday

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Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

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Many drivers with a 130-mile round-trip each day to work and back and deem the Nissan Leaf's 75-mile EPA-rated range a little too short for comfort.

Not Steve Marsh, though. The Washington resident has racked up 100,000 miles in his Leaf, and is set to be honored for that achievement at an event this Monday, December 16.

We've covered Steve Marsh's story before on Green Car Reports.

Far from being a reason to stay away from electric cars, Marsh's 130-mile commute to his job at Taylor Shellfish in Washington state was the very reason he went electric--he was just spending so much on gas.

Despite that commute being almost double the 2011 Leaf's 73-mile EPA-rated range, there were plenty of options available to ensure Marsh made it from home to work each day.

One of these was to get a charging station installed at his workplace. The owners of the firm were happy to oblige, ensuring the Leaf could be topped up each day before the return journey home.

By April 2012, 11 months after buying the Leaf, it had already racked up 36,000 miles.

And back in June, that total had climbed to 78,000 miles. By then, Marsh was also using a Blink DC rapid charger on the West Coast Electric Highway on the way to and from work, allowing him to drive a little quicker on his highway commute, without worrying about running out of charge.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee

Washington Governor Jay Inslee

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The car has been incredibly reliable, but in June it did lose its first battery capacity bar on the display--with around 17 percent degradation in capacity. That's within expected tolerances for the mileage, though.

Marsh has now driven over 100,000 miles in the Leaf. At an event this Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and representatives from Nissan will convene to congratulate that achievement, believed to be the first Leaf owner in the nation to reach such a milestone.

It's proof that with a little planning, electric cars can be used for longer commutes than their EPA-rated range suggests.

And when gasoline costs for 100,000 miles would run into many thousands of dollars, the additional expense of purchasing an electric car like the Leaf no longer seems that bad.

Who'll be the first electric car owner to hit 200,000 miles?...

[Hat tip: Brian Henderson]


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