100,000 km!

We hit 100,000 clicks this past weekend. Not bad for a car that “can’t go very far” LOL. It took us 4.5 years to do it. That’s 22,222 km per year, quite a bit more than I had originally predicted. And definitely more than any other car I had in the past!

Overall, the Leaf is still doing vey very well, with no major issues. The only out-of-the-warranty item I had to replace was a faulty switch on the driver’s power window. Nothing else. The AeroVironment charging station is still working as new.

Battery capacity is at 83%, still more than enough for my daily commute. It’s been almost a year since we lost the first bar at 84% so the drop in capacity has slowed down considerably. I don’t expect to need a battery replacement any time soon.

The Volt continues to work well as well. We barely use any gas in the spring, summer or fall, but in the winter it’s pretty much unavoidable. In the colder months, range drops to just 35 km, and the gas engine kicks in for a few minutes when temperature drops below -4C, which is pretty much the whole time here in Ottawa during the winter.

Future plans

We made a reservation for a Tesla Model 3, which is expected to be delivered some time in 2018. The  350+ km of range and the access to superchargers will be a dream come true. 


The Leaf will be 7 years old when the Model 3 arrives. It will probably become my son’s car. The only problem is that my wife wants the Model 3 for her so I may end up driving the Volt… Hmmm. Maybe I’ll give the Volt to my son and keep the Leaf. We’ll see.

Another exciting news is that we should be getting a lot of DC Fast Chargers here in Ontario this year, as part of a 20 million dollars program by the province. The locations are expected to be announced any day now. We should also be getting more DC Fast Chargers along highway 50 between Ottawa and Montreal, in addition to the two that are already operational. On top of all that, the federal government just announced today that a national plan for fast charging stations will also be implemented across Canada. 

These are very exciting times indeed!


8 comments on “100,000 km!

  1. Checked the last service report from August/2015. Brake pads were 8mm thick (front) and 5 mm (rear). They’re 10 mm when new and need to be replaced when they reach 1 mm. They’re probably good for another 100,000 km. 🙂

  2. congrats your blog looks awesome. I have leaf for last 2 years and planning to buy another one this year. Have you had problems with brakes in your first 100K?
    I bought my leaf from kingston nissan from some strange reason and drove all the way to GTA. Please keep writing your experiences its pretty inspiring.

    • Thanks. I haven’t had any brake issues but I’m considering doing a full brake service after five years just as a precaution. I do have some annoyances related to the brakes though. One is the infamous “grabby brakes” issue that happens at very slow speeds. The other is the “pulsating brakes” which in my case happens if I hit break too smoothly. The first issue has been addressed by software, but not fully fixed. The second went away when I had the calipers cleaned, but came back a few months later. None are critical, just annoying.

  3. Thank you for this blog – I’m also in Ottawa and considering buying an electric car. Very helpful information, especially regarding the cold temperatures!

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