|Average miles driven by LEAF owners in European countries, compared to average ICE driver. Data: Nissan. Click to enlarge.|
Based on telemetry data from its CarWings system, Nissan revealed that European owners of the battery-electric LEAF drive more than 50% further per year (10,307 miles, 16,588 km) than the European average for a traditional internal combustion-engined (ICE) vehicle (6,721 miles, 10,816 km).
Totals are based on data from Nissan’s Global Data Center (GDC) as of 30 September 2014. The average is generated form data gathered only from Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings, approximately 54% of total sales. Data used was gathered from 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014.
Since the beginning we have said that the Nissan LEAF is much more than just a city car or second car and now we can show the data that proves this. Our customers frequently tell us that they buy the Nissan LEAF as a second car, but end up using it far more than their other vehicle and the information we receive from CarWings reinforces that message.
The customers tell us this is because the car has very low fuel and servicing costs and that along with the smooth, almost silent ride of the Nissan LEAF make it difficult to go back to a diesel or petrol car.—Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan in Europe
Spanish Nissan LEAF drivers came out on top, covering on average more than 228 miles (367 km) each week, with Swedish drivers in second (211 miles, 340 km) and UK drivers in third with 201 miles (323 km). German LEAF owners drove the least: 173 miles per week (278 km).
Nissan said that according to latest figures, drivers of traditional gasoline or diesel powered cars covered an average of 129 miles (208 km) per week; European LEAF drivers average 198 miles (319 km) per week.
Further data from the automaker indicated that 89% of LEAF drivers charge overnight at home.
Nissan has sold more than 150,000 LEAF vehicles globally, more than 31,000 of which have been sold in Europe.