New Nissan Leaf leads EV sales across Europe

With one unit sold every 10 minutes in Europe, the new Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle across the region in 2018.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 03 Oct 2018 Views icon5563 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

A year since going on sale in Europe, the new Nissan Leaf is leading the way for customers switching to electric vehicles (EVs), with 26,000 units already delivered to customers  in Europe. Nissan says the new Leaf has 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 have come across Europe including markets such as Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. In Norway, the Nissan Leaf has become the top-selling passenger car in 2018, outperforming all electric and combustion-powered models alike.

Interestingly, 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 new 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 Nissan 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.

Since its launch in 2010, the Nissan Leaf has also won more than 100 international awards.

Also read: Nissan Leaf first pure EV to win ‘World Green Car of the Year’ award

2018 Euro NCAP: five stars for Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf EV India launch in 2018

Review and test drive of the 2018 Nissan Leaf

New Nissan Leaf wins first global award from CES


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