Feature Flick: Nissan Leaf Owner Commutes 50,000 Miles Per Year On Electricity

Fears that electric cars can’t travel too far before their batteries run down helped coin the phrase “range anxiety,” but one Nissan Leaf owner has proven those fears might be unfounded. Washington resident Steve Marsh has driven his Nissan Leaf 100,000 miles in just two years of commuting.

Marsh originally bought his Nissan Leaf in May 2011 to save money on his 120-mile roundtrip commute to work, and estimates he has avoided using 3000 gallons of gasoline — and paying more than $9000 for those gallons — over the past two years. Because Marsh’s employer agreed to install a charging station, he was able to recharge his Nissan Leaf during each work day so he’d have ample juice to return home.

“It was simply to save money,” Marsh says. “I could see that the operating costs were going to be less than a gasoline car.”

The EPA says that the 2011 Nissan Leaf can travel about 73 miles on a full battery charge. Subsequent revisions to the electric car for the 2013 model year mean that the Nissan Leaf is now rated for a 75-mile driving range. So far this year, Nissan has sold 20,081 Leaf electric cars, after selling 9819 cars in 2012 and 9674 Leafs in 2011.

To see Steve Marsh crest 100,000 miles in his Nissan Leaf, and to hear more about why he loves his electric car, watch the video below.