Nissan is celebrating the 100,000th delivery of the LEAF car this month in Europe, in a move hailed as a victory for electric mobility. Globally, over 320,000 Nissan LEAF have been sold, making it the most sold EV in the world.
The announcement comes following a project funded through the Advanced propulsion Centre that enabled the UK development and manufacture of a new 40kWh battery which powers the new LEAF. The batteries, manufactured at its Sunderland facility, improve the vehicle’s range and reduce production costs.
With more than 37,000 new LEAFs ordered in Europe, this equates to one new LEAF sold every 10 minutes in Europe to customers looking to switch to innovative zero-emission technology.
Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, explained; “For us it’s no surprise that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. We have been developing our electric vehicle mass-market offering for longer than any other brand and are proud to bring an affordable, visionary car to customers across Europe. In less than 10 years, we managed to make electric vehicle a mass market reality. This milestone proves once again that our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision is embraced by our customers who believe in a more confident, more exciting, and more connected future.”
Ian Constance, CEO, Advanced Propulsion Centre, added: “The continued development of battery technology is helping drive a change in consumer perception. Performance improvements made in the new 40kWh Nissan battery, supported through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, exemplifies the true value of consortia projects working together to exploit their capabilities to enable new technologies to be brought to market, encouraging the switch to zero emission vehicles.”
European Nissan LEAF customers have now driven over 2 billion kilometres and saved over 300,000 tonnes of CO2. They also boast a 92% customer satisfaction rate – more than any other Nissan model.