One Pacific Northwest driver has put enough miles on his Nissan Leaf electric vehicle during the last two years to make him a prime candidate for world's most-used Leaf owner.

Plug In Cars says owner Steve Marsh has put a whopping 78,000 miles on his Leaf, recharging the car with a combination of Level 2 stations both at home and at work, and, more recently, at a rapid-charging station between the two destinations. Marsh says that the Leaf hasn't lost any capacity bars on its battery – verified by both the in-dash display and through aftermarket testing equipment – though there has been some wear and tear on its interior, not to mention one broken window control.

Nissan releases its Leaf sales for May this week. Through April, Nissan more than doubled year-earlier sales, moving 5,476 units during the first four months of the year.


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      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately this great news won't shut up the bed-wetters with range-anxiety issues.
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluepongo1
        @ Spec I don't always agree with your posts but I find them entertaining and/or informative, so thanks... use whatever you want in my posts. I do wholeheartedly agree that snark is entertaining to use on lost causes. @ Others I'm commenting on the range-anxiety types not doing any research and posting their ignorance on these threads, I'm not judging...that's you. BTW @ Jim McL Fox is not against EV's anymore.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluepongo1
        "the bed-wetters with range-anxiety" Nice. I am going to steal that phrase, that's a good one.
          Jim McL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          That is a snarky way to put it, but I don't think it will change someone's mind to call them a bed wetter. Maybe it is best to leave that tone to the Fox News types and stay on the positive side?
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          @ Spec Jim McL is quite right ! Calling people names and sneering at them for not adhering to your lifestyle , only makes it harder to promote EV's, especially at election time when more support is necessary to preserve the tax credits.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Yes, it is snarky. And it is not meant to change the mind of the person you use it on, those people are generally a lost cause. It is meant to point out that they people that complain about such things are pathetic because they can't handle a simple task like taking 5 seconds to plug in your car at night or read fuel gauge to properly to ensure you don't run out of charge.
          scraejtp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          I don't think most people with range anxiety have an issue with plugging in the vehicle or determining the range left compared to the range required. Most have an issue with finding that in some situations the range left is less than what is required, so a change in plan is required due to the limited capability of the vehicle.
          Dave D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Ditto! I was just thinking the same thing. Philip, I hope you don't mind us stealing your phrase? :-)
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, i am impressed. P.S. Danny, what are you doing posting pro-ev articles? isn't it your job to irritate us?
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Steve Marsh's 78,000 miles are a very good testimony to the practicality of his Nissan Leaf. I try to get as many positive references as I can into the UK press about the practicality and excellent performance of our Vauxhall Ampera's, (European Volt) . If only GM would market the Ampera more aggressively in the UK and Europe, sales would be far more impressive, and adoption of all EV technology would increase.
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        It's massively overpriced. That might have something to do with sales as well.. You can promote rape so much but you'll only get a limited number of volunteers.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          How could an $89 a month lease in California be overpriced? This is the entry price for the new basic leaf model, and less than most Americans spend on gas in a week.
          Ernie Dunbar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          $89 a month *in California* (and even that's stupendously underpriced - more like $89 per fortnight or maybe even per week, which is how many dealers advertise. The Leaf's lease for example, is $199 a month). Marco Polo was saying something about Europe.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Where is this $89/month lease?
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @ DF/Giza You get more and more confused. It's not rape if it's volunteered, that called consensual ! But, then I forget your only experience of such thing is those magazines your mom confiscated.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          This is a new low for you, Dan.
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Nissan releases its Leaf sales for May this week." Really? http://green.autoblog.com/2013/06/03/nissan-leaf-continues-strong-sales-push-with-2-138-chevy-volt-m/ I think you mean "Released".
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is $10,000 of gasoline that he didn't have to buy. Good job. (Assuming the leaf would be a 30mpg car, and at current $3.89 prices)
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        And being in the Pacific Northwest, he is largely driving using nice clean hydropower.
      taser it
      • 1 Year Ago
      While this is nice press for Nissan, That guy is spending too much time behind the wheel.
        garylai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @taser it
        It's not really fair to pass judgement on his lifestyle when we know nothing about him. Perhaps his family circumstances, such as his spouse has a job in a certain location or he wants to be close to an aging parent, dictate his commute. We don't know, and that's not the point either. There are plenty of people with ICE cars that have similar length commutes and rack up 40,000 miles per year. The real point is that the Leaf, even when pushed to an extreme circumstance like this, actually works for someone with needs like this when suitable charging infrastructure exist. In this case, that infrastructure if a charger at home and a charger at work, plus an intermediate rapid charger just in case to provide extra security. I'm been commuting 45 miles round trip with my Leaf for two years now and just passed 25,000 mile mark without any issues, no bars lost either. I charged mostly at home to 80% daily during that time, but my employer recent installed chargers so I can charge at work now too. While I don't really need to use the chargers at work, it gives me flexibility to take longer midday trips for lunch and errands or to take needed detours before or after work. It has also spurred several of my co-workers who have longer commutes to buy their own EVs. As employer and public charging infrastructure becomes more common, EVs will be adopted more broadly.
          taser it
          • 1 Year Ago
          @garylai
          Fairness has nothing to do with this. I'm stating my opinion that I believe the guy is driving too much. And guess what, I don't propose that he have to do anything about it. I don't propose that the government do anything about it. It probably would be better for him, if he didn't spend so much of his life in his car (commuting or whatever). Living close to where he works would probably save him a lot of life spent behind the wheel.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      He is a financial controller, too bad they don't let him telecommute a few days a week.
      Dave R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Latest update is that he lost his 12th capacity bar on June 1st at 78,600. This would indicate that the BMS thinks the battery is down about 15% in capacity from new. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=12781
        garylai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave R
        Still, that's pretty good to lose a first capacity bar at 78,600 miles when you've been nearly fully discharging and recharging to 100% twice daily on top of quick charging. That's heavy duty usage on the battery. That means the rest of us that don't drive our Leaf vehicles nearly as much and live in moderate climates have little to worry about.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I met a guy with a commute over half this long in his LEAF. Before there was charging at work he had to drive slowly (50ish) and use limp mode many days just to get to work and back. Now he can charge at work and everything works well for him. Clearly his commute is closer to 70 miles than this guy's 130.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      That guy needs to move closer to work! That said, his experience is a nice testimonial to the Nissan Leaf and its battery. I would have assumed a significant amount of battery degradation after those numbers of miles.
        Dave R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        He definitely has some capacity loss - when the car was new he didn't have to stop frequently for a 5-min QC top-off to make it to/from home. He just doesn't have more than 15% capacity loss which is approximately how much capacity the car will think it has lost when the 12th capacity bar goes away. The LEAF battery pack seems to be quite durable in cool climates. It's hot climates that kill it. One year in Phoenix is like 4 years in Seattle due to the lack of active cooling. I would strongly suggest leasing a LEAF in any climate warmer than Los Angeles over buying one, unless you don't need more than 30-40 miles of range between charging at highway speeds.
          Ernie Dunbar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave R
          Funny, that's what they make Gidmeters (the aftermarket doodad the article barely mentions) *for*, is for putting a real capacity number that makes sense, instead of those silly "12/12 bars" that exist on the pre-2013 models.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        @ Spec " That guy needs to move closer to work! " Lol, that was my initial reaction ;) But as garylai pointed out, it's not really fair to pass judgement on his lifestyle when we know nothing about him. Like you, I think this is a great testimonial the Nissan Leaf and Steve Marsh should be congratulated.
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