Nissan has just announced that they have reached the glorious milestone of 50,000 Nissan Leafs sold across the United States, Europe and in their headquarters of Japan. This may not seem to be a groundbreaking number sine it took them since 2010 to actually reach this marker, but compared to the other electric vehicles on the market like the Chevy Volt, this is astronomical.
Since its introduction in 2010, registered users have accounted for 161 million miles traveled in their Leafs, this is nearly tripling the effort by those who drive the Volt, who are easily 100 million miles on the short end of the stick. Even with such a large gain on the Volt, Nissan still believes theres surely much more to account for since they believe a good portion of those using a Leaf, never bothered registering using their Carwings telemetry system to track their mileage. So realistically that gap between the two electric front runners could be even larger.
Even bragging rights aside the hybrid and pure electric segments are surely making an impact in North America and elsewhere. If you toss in models like the Mitsubishi I and Tesla, and you could realistically be looking at half a billion miles covered electrically since 2010. This is groundbreaking, and it should be something that each of those partaking in this earth changing shift to be proud of, and provide themselves with a comforting applause.
Now let us take a moment to imagine the number of gas which was saved, roughly. Say we have a common compact sedan like a new Mazda3 with SKYACTIV technology. Say you get 35 mpg, and a gallon is $3.80 USD. Half a billion miles, which ends up being roughly $55 million USD saved in this time frame since 2010. With electric models like the Nissan Leaf which you can read about in greater detail at www.pompanonissan.com, there will be some popularity in due time, and with that we may see those gas prices begin to balance out again—even sustain a lower price.
With such great efficiency there is a lot less concern about travel distance and actual yearly mileage (which may not make it the best ideal car for a lease). Then again if you are just looking for a reliable ride 10-15 miles to and from work, then it is perfect. One Spanish owner racked up a total of 27,000 miles in one year, and the most miles spent in the Leaf so far is from a Japanese owner who has eclipsed 110,000 miles. This is the most miles by one Leaf so far registered by Nissan, but there very well could be someone out there with more, and if you happen to be that person, we recommend you try to contact Nissan. You never know what they will give you to showcase your vehicle in return.
There have been some minor battery issues, where they degrade overtime in arid, hot climates like Southwestern United States. Even with that acute issue, Nissan stands by their model, and they say so do a vast majority of the Leaf owners out there. Even the Volt has gained some high recognition and top customer satisfaction. Then again who wouldn’t be happy if you could drive without having to pay for gas?
The future is still uncertain for the pure electric vehicle segment, but with the early success of vehicles like the Nissan and Volt give us a lot of hope that there is an alternative to the dependency of fuel. So then maybe someday we will not have to complain daily about gas prices, and maybe this will make us happier? Maybe we will not show fits of road rage, because the small thought of gas free is in our heads? Unlikely, but driving gas free is a great dream to have.