Brian Joss – A year since going on sale in Europe, the new Nissan Leaf is leading the way for customers switching to electric vehicles (EV), with 26,000 units already delivered to customers and on European roads.
The award-winning LEAF topped European EV sales for every one of the first eight months of 2018, with one unit sold every 10 minutes across the continent.
Strong sales growth has been a characteristic for the Leaf across Europe including markets such as Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. In Norway, the Nissan LEAF has risen through the sales charts to become the top-selling passenger car in 2018, outperforming all electric and combustion-powered models alike.
Like retail customers, business users are also embracing electrification.
More than 8,000 of the total have been delivered to corporate fleets throughout Europe.
The Nissan Leaf builds on the talents of its predecessor, adding the latest generation of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating under the latest test standards.
The Leaf’s advanced driving assistance technology, ProPilot and Propilot Park, make it effortless to navigate through traffic and easy to park. The innovative e-Pedal brings new levels of driving simplicity and fun by allowing customers to accelerate and decelerate using only one pedal.
Gareth Dunsmore, director, electric vehicles, Nissan Europe, said: “As the interest in electric vehicles continues to grow, we’ve made sure that the opportunity to experience and own our new LEAF model is more accessible than ever before.”
He added: “When we set out to design the new Nissan LEAF, we wanted to create a car built on the feedback of over 100,000 existing owners here in Europe. Today feedback such as – ‘I love the instant torque. the performance is fantastic. e-Pedal makes driving very easy’ are common reactions from our newest customers. It’s a car you can look forward to driving and appreciate living with on a day-to-day basis, and the sales figures reflect this.”
The Nissan Leaf is available in 51 markets worldwide and has posted strong global demand. Its sales success, combined with sales of its predecessor, makes it the global leader for electric vehicles with over 350,000 units delivered since 2010. Its LCV and seven-seat electric sibling, the e-NV200 also continues to enjoy strong sales throughout Europe.
In recognition of its all-round ability, the Nissan LEAF has also won more than 100 international awards since launch in 2010. Recently the new Nissan LEAF was named the best car in the Electric Vehicle/plug-in hybrid category by ‘L’Automobile et L’Entreprise’, and the Best Electric Vehicle in the Ecomotor Awards by El Economista in Spain. In the UK, the Nissan LEAF was awarded the Best Electric Car title in the ‘What Car?’ Car of the Year Awards 2018.
The Nissan Leaf is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, helping to transform the way we drive by bringing together Intelligent Power, Intelligent Driving and Intelligent Integration for a more exciting, confident and connected drive.
CAPTION: Electrifying performance: the new Nissan Leaf. Picture: Motorpress