Nissan is celebrating the 100,000th delivery of its all-electric Leaf this month in Europe, in a move hailed as a victory for electric mobility. Globally, over 320,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold, making it the most sold EV in the world.
Susana de Mena, of Madrid, milestone buyer of the 100,000th Leaf, said, “I’ve spent 2 years trying to find an electric car. I knew it would be a Nissan! When I saw there was a brand-new model of the Leaf, there were no doubts in my mind it would be the perfect fit. My husband and I agreed that the quality, price and specification made it second-to-none.
“We are very conscious that we must respect and protect the environment, so we knew we’d want to go 100% electric. On top of this, an electric car lets us get to the very centre of Madrid when ordinary vehicles can sometimes be restricted due to pollution issues.”
World’s best-selling EV
Combining sales of the new Nissan Leaf and previous Leaf models, the 100,000 customers across Europe have helped propel the green car to the position of best-selling EV in the world. With now more than 37,000 new Leafs ordered in Europe, one new Leaf is sold every 10 minutes in Europe to customers looking to switch to innovative and zero-emission technology.
The new Leaf is the first Nissan model in Europe to feature the company’s ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park technologies. The new Leaf is also equipped with e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop – simply by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the pedal.
Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, said: “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.”
European Nissan Leaf customers have now driven over 2 billion kilometres and saved over 300,000 tonnes of CO2. They also boast a 92 percent customer satisfaction rate – more than any other Nissan model.
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