In January 2022 we crossed 10k miles driven in a used #NissanLEAF we bought in December 2020. Here's our story + cost comparisons (with graphs!) of 3 years before and 1 year after going #EV. If you're looking to switch and want some real-world stats, give this🧵a read.

We picked up this 2013 Nissan Leaf SL to replace a 2010 Ranger that wasn’t practical to carry our toddler around. Oregon’s incentive is huge: by purchasing at a dealer, we got a $2500 rebate on a *USED* fully electric EV, dropping our effective purchase price to under $5k.

I'd read that batteries built pre-04/2013 were vastly inferior. Ours is a 05/2013. LeafSpy + OBD sensor confirmed battery had only recently lost its first bar...pretty great for a 2013 with 65k miles. Today at 75k it still has 11 bars.

I installed a 16A Level 2 @ClipperCreek LCS-20 in our driveway myself for around $500 including parts & permit. Federal tax credit knocked 30% off the cost. The popular 40A chargers are twice the price & overkill for a small EV. This one goes empty to 80% in a few hours.

Maintenance is near zero: No oil changes & fewer working parts means that other than tires & brakes, there’s nothing to do. So far I've replaced the cabin air filter ($10) and a "gummy" button on the climate controls (used part on eBay for $50).

How much did we save? First up: Gas. No surprise, in going from 2 gas cars to 1 gas + 1 EV we cut our fuel expenses in half. 2018-2020 average annual gas cost (2 gas cars): $1,500 2021 annual gas cost (1 gas + 1 EV): $678

We also cut our trips to the gas station in half. 30 fewer trips vs the average of the previous 3 years. At 30 minutes each (roundtrip to the nearest Costco), that's 15 hours saved. I'm a freelancer, so that time is money. Another benefit to overnight charging.

Electricity bill increased $300/year compared to 2018-2020 average. Hard to quantify exactly since we don’t have a “smart” charger, but that's about $25/month or $1/day to charge to 80% overnight 6 days a week. Again, that's: $1/day.

Different states/counties will probably handle this differently, but the fee to register an EV in Oregon is double the rate of gas/hybrids. So every 2 years instead of paying about $200 to renew the tags, I'll pay $400 (but, plus side, no DEQ visit).

Back-of-the-envelope calculation gets us to a savings of around $1000/year. Obviously lots of variation expected year-to-year, especially in maintenance and time saved, but that's not nothing! EV essentially pays for itself in 5 years (probably much sooner at current gas rates).

As expected (link below), the drive experience is fantastic. Tons of torque & instant power. With M+S tires and a low center of gravity, it handles much better in snow than the vehicle it replaced (2010 Ranger) and comparable (seriously!) to our AWD CRV.

We were initially apprehensive to lose the utility of our pickup truck, but found other ways to make up for it. For example: we lost flatbed hauling, so we put a hitch on our CRV and the 2 times a year I drive to the dump or carry sheets of ply, I rent a trailer for $20.

The most important advice I’d give to someone on the fence about an EV: Know your 95% use-case. If you want a silver bullet EV (one car that does everything and fully replaces a gas-powered equivalent) you’re either going to be disappointed, or you’re going to spend a lot. ...

Instead, find a cheap EV that fulfills 95% of your needs. Most of our daily driving is within a 20-mile radius, so we bought a used EV for under $5k with an 80-mile range. On days we need more, we charge mid-day. Don't overspend for range you won't need 95% of the time. ...

How do you make up the other 5%? For us, (2-car family of freelance artists who usually work within city limits with 1 kid in preschool) we keep 1 efficient gas-powered car in the driveway for road trips/busy days & use the EV for essentially everything else.

The #NissanLEAF was step 1 in a 3-step process to reduce our fossil fuel reliance. We completed step 2 this past February when we installed an induction cooktop in our kitchen. 3: next year we'll replace our 20-year old furnace with a heat pump and shut off our gas line.

If you liked this thread, you should give @curious_founder a follow. Fascinating reporting and research on climate/green energy, and gave me the inspiration to share these EV stats. #energytwitter #climatetwitter Graphs: @Canva