Trialling the Nissan LEAF for a year as part of ESB’s Great Electric Drive, I saved over €2000 by driving the ecar as compared to my old petrol car. It cost me just €323.98 to refill the ecar for the year compared to €2524.8 which i would have spent on petrol.
It’s hard to believe that my 12 month electric vehicle trial is over. I was lucky enough to be chosen from over 12,000 entries to take part in the Great Electric Drive and to trial the Nissan LEAF for one whole year! For those of you who don’t know, the Nissan LEAF is 100% electric, capable of 160 km on a single charge. It has a top speed of 140Km/h and includes all the latest gadgets like a built in touch screen and sat nav, which can tell you where the nearest ESB ecar public charge points are located. The car can be heated remotely using a special app and it reads RSS feeds out to you. So for someone as interested in technology as me (I’m a social media and content specialist with Sage) it was a dream car to trial.
I used the ecar for my daily commute, which is approximately 100km round trip to work in Citywest from Monasterevin, via the M7 motorway, so I was very interested in seeing how the electric car faired doing high mileage and even more interested in how much money it could save me! ESB ecars quickly installed a charge point in my house and I was ready to go.
I’ve done my best to set out the average fuel savings I have made over the 12 months driving the Nissan Leaf, as compared to driving my old Toyota Corolla.
I average about 500km a week, 48 weeks a year and my old car was a 1.4l petrol Toyota Corolla which according to the UK car fuel data website (http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/) has a combined fuel consumption of 6.7 litres per 100km. This means that:
500km per week x 48 weeks = 24,000km of driving each year. In my old car
1 litre of petrol costs approx. €1.57 ( http://www.theaa.ie/AA/Motoring-advice/Petrol-Prices.aspx ) Fuel cost for driving the Corolla 100km is 6.7 litres (the fuel consumption of the car) x €1.57 = €10.52
24000km/100km = 240 x €10.52 = €2524 in petrol costs each year
The electric Nissan LEAF is powered by a 24Kw battery and depending on your driving style and speed, it can travel for a distance of up to 160 Kilometres on a full charge. The newer version can travel up to 200 KM on a single charge.
If I charged solely using night time electricity my fuel costs would be:
24 kw/h battery = 160km
160/24 = 6.6667 (km I get per kW)
Approx. cost of a KW of night time electricity = .09 cent
.09c to travel 6.6667km
24,000KM/6.6667km = 3599.98
.09c x 3599.98 = €323.99 (Cost of electricity to travel 24,000KM)
Electricity to run the Nissan LEAF over 12 months is: €323.98
I made very real savings of €2,200 over the course of the year by driving electric.
2524.8 – 323.99 = €2200.8