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Nissan LEAF owner from Kent celebrates 100,000 all-electric miles
For the Reporter
Gov. Jay Inslee, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and representatives from Nissan today joined Steve Marsh of Kent 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 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," Inslee said. "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."