It's not quite in the so-indestructible-its-engine-can-take-a-bullet territory of a classic Dodge Dart, but Steve Marsh's Nissan Leaf has been put through a long-distance wringer. The Washington State driver has surpassed the 100,000-mile mark with his electric vehicle, getting kudos from Washington Governor Jay Inslee as a result. The Pacific Northwest sure likes its green cred.

Marsh bought his Leaf in early 2011 and estimates that he's saved about $9,000 in refueling costs since then. Based in Kent, WA, about 20 miles south of Seattle, Marsh has a 130-mile round-trip commute to work and convinced his employer to install an EV charging station at the office. That's a good thing because the 2011 Leaf was officially rated with a 73-mile single-charge range (the newer Leaf clocks in at 75 miles). Besides his own EV promotion efforts, Marsh gave credit to the good state of Washington and the charging network it has along Interstate 5.

More than 5,000 of the 40,000 Leafs in the US are registered in Washington.

In all, the state's home to about 385 of the almost 6,800 publicly available charging stations in the country, according to the US Department of Energy. More impressively, more than 5,000 of the approximately 40,000 Leafs in the US are registered in Washington State. Check out Nissan's press release below.
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Washington Nissan LEAF Owner Celebrates 100,000 All-Electric Miles

SEATTLE, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and representatives from Nissan today joined Steve Marsh of Kent, Wash., to celebrate a unique milestone – 100,000 all-electric miles driven in his Nissan LEAF.

In early 2011, Marsh purchased an all-new Nissan LEAF for his 130-mile roundtrip daily commute. Since then, he has racked up 100,000 miles on the car, using no gasoline, creating no tailpipe emissions and, by his estimation, saving thousands of dollars.

"With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I've saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my LEAF," said Marsh, who credits Washington's strong charging infrastructure. "With plenty of public charging options, as well as a charger installed at my office, my LEAF is a perfect car for my commute."

Marsh was one of the first customers to take delivery of a Nissan LEAF in Washington. A financial controller for Taylor Shellfish, he made the decision to go electric and buy a LEAF primarily based on the car's low cost of ownership-a benefit that more than 40,000 American LEAF drivers are also now enjoying.

"While many early buyers were excited to buy a LEAF for environmental reasons or to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, Steve Marsh is a prime example of consumers who approach electric cars with a practical mindset," said Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing at Nissan. "Most buyers now choose LEAF for the simple economics that Steve recognized right away. Nissan LEAF costs much less to drive and maintain than a gas car yet still provides a great driving experience."

To support residents like Marsh and speed the adoption of electric vehicles in the state, Washington developed one of the country's most robust EV charging networks. The West Coast Electric Highway opened last year giving EV drivers range confidence that they can find easy and convenient charging along Interstate 5 and other roadways. With a full charge in about 30 minutes, the fast charger at the Tumwater Shell station is a regular stop for Steve Marsh and his son Christopher, making it possible to carpool to work in an all-electric car.

"Steve Marsh has proven that it's possible to drive an electric vehicle long distances on Washington's roads using clean, low-cost electricity," said Gov. Inslee. "His dedication to driving electric helps to foster economic growth, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, reduce carbon emissions and preserve our environment for future generations."

When Marsh bought his LEAF, he approached his employer to consider installing a charging unit for public use at his Taylor Shellfish office in Shelton. His management quickly agreed it was a good idea, he said, especially since it aligns with the company's environmental philosophies. His was among the first businesses in the region to install a public charging station. Since then, the company has added charging at its shellfish hatchery in Quilcene, along the Hood Canal.

"It's exciting to see how this network of charging stations is breaking the range barrier for EV owners," said Transportation Secretary Peterson who also drives a Nissan LEAF. "It puts Washington's diverse, natural landscapes in easy reach without vehicle emissions and at a significantly lower cost."

More than 5,000 plug-in-electric cars are already registered in the state. Washington has among the cleanest and least expensive supply of electricity in the nation, making it an ideal place to drive electric. It's good for the environment, it's good for the state, and it's good for drivers. In addition to the lower operating costs of driving on electricity compared to gasoline, EV drivers also enjoy fewer routine maintenance costs.

Since the launch of Nissan LEAF in December 2010, Nissan has sold more than 40,000 all-electric LEAF cars in the United States and more than 92,000 globally. Through November in 2013, Seattle- Tacoma is one of the top U.S. markets for total LEAF sales with an increase of more than 230 percent over the same period in 2012.

About Nissan North America In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen ( USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About WSDOT WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511.


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