Nissan marks sale of 100,000 LEAF electric vehicles in Europe

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Nissan reaches milestone of 100,000 LEAF electric vehicles sold in Europe.

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Japanese car giant Nissan has announced a major new milestone for its LEAF electric vehicle, with 100,000 of the first and second generation EVs now sold in Europe, taking its global total to 320,000.

The figure includes 37,000 of the new generation LEAFs sold in the last eight months – or one car sold ever 10 minutes across Europe – and has helped elevate the car to the top spot in EV sales across the world.

The milestone buyer of the 100,000th LEAF was Susana de Mena, of Madrid (pictured above).

“We are very conscious that we must respect and protect the environment, so we knew we’d want to go 100 per cent electric,” she said in a company statement.

“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.”

Madrid, like other cities in Europe, is favouring electric cars over petrol and diesel vehicles, and(Bloomberg reports that the Madrid city council allows free parking for electric cars, for example).

“For us it’s no surprise that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle,” Gareth Dunsmore, EV director of Nissan Europe, said in a statement.

“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.”

Australians will have to wait longer for the next generation of the Nissan LEAF, now expected in early 2019.

European countries such as Norway and France have introduced various fiscal incentives to help overcome the still high purchase price of EVs, including trade-ins in France, but the uptake is still strong in countries where EV support policies were not available.

Nissan says LEAF sales throughout Europe have equated to a saving of over 300,000 tonnes of CO2, basing the number on over 2 billion kilometres of driving to date.

 

Bridie Schmidt is staff writer for www.TheDriven.io, and RenewEconomy.com.au. She specialises in writing about new technology, as well as using her technical skills in managing our websites.

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7 Comments
  1. Phil NSW 6 months ago

    We have to applaud Nissan and can only wait for an Australian offering. I would still like to see an ICE vehicle to EV conversion kit developed (in Australia) to accelerate the progression to a lower emissions future. I like Harry’s E-type.

    • Rod 6 months ago

      Agreed. Surely there is a business case for converting all those 5 year old, heavily depreciated ICE vehicles kicking around.

      • Andy Saunders 6 months ago

        Hmm, I don’t think so – purpose-designed EVs are much more space- and weight-efficient than a retrofit. Plus the remaining life in the typical ICE means the economics would have to be particularly spectacular to justify it.

        That said, E-Type Jags are not bought on economic grounds! May be an exception…

        • Rod 6 months ago

          My only experience in EVs is adding a bolt on kit to a pushbike probably at 1/4 of the price of an off the shelf eBike, so I will cede to your knowledge.
          However as was shown with the E Type, the battery pack can be fitted onto the old engine mounts and can be replicated.
          Vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta have millions of bodies around the World which would suit. The combination of the engine bay, ,sans ICE, gearbox and lead battery, and the now superfluous fuel tank should be ample space to install modular battery packs.
          Here in Oz with our salt free roads, the bodies should last for 30 years.
          I understand the allure of shiny new things but some of us would prefer the assumed lower price of a bolt on kit.

          • Andy Saunders 6 months ago

            I suspect removal of the typical ICE mechanics etc leaves more room than is needed for batteries/motors. So the ideal EV would reconfigure to either be smaller externally or increase the internal space.

          • Ian 6 months ago

            The scope in design of new EV’s is tremendous. There is now no need for long engine compartments or front heavy vehicles. Most of the weight of the batteries and motors can be slung low on the base of the chassis. More internal space can be devoted to passengers and loads. That is all true. What I think Rod is alluding to, though, is the old ICE cars, of which there are over 14 million in Australia and over a billion in the world. A simple “no- it can’t be done” is not going to cut the mustard. There are already companies with a little more gumption and innovation to answer this desire to move to EV, even if it means converting older ICE vehicles in a suboptimal way.

  2. Ken Dyer 6 months ago

    Great news!
    Pity that only 4 have been sold in Australia, and they were second hand.

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