LEAF sets EV sales benchmark | Industry - Car News Mar 2019

INDUSTRY

14:50 Monday 11 Mar 2019

In an industry first, the Nissan LEAF electric car has surpassed the 400,000 sales milestone.

Nissan Introduced the LEAF in 2010 as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, and it has cemented its place as the market leader by becoming the first electric car to hit 400,000 units sold.

In that time LEAF owners have driven well over six billion miles in total, saving, according to Nissan, the equivalent of 3.8 million barrels of oil a year in the process. Sold in over 50 markets across the globe, the Nissan LEAF will go on sale in thirteen new markets Latin America, Asia, and Oceania during the course of this year.

The second-generation LEAF debuted in 2017, with a110 kilowatt powertrain. The Nissan LEAF e+ has recently been added, which offers increased power and approximately 40% additional range. This LEAF e+ will arrive in European showrooms later this year. The LEAF boasts intelligent technologies such as ProPILOT – which is designed for single-lane driving by maintaining speed and lane position – and ProPILOT Park which accelerates, brakes, and steers the car into a parking spot.

The LEAF is also integral to the Nissan Energy programme, which is aimed at finding new ways to reuse batteries. Along with strategic partners, Nissan has repurposed LEAF batteries to power off-grid street lighting, and for use in power banks at sports complexes, for example.

 

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