Electronics and Semiconductors

Nissan has sold more than 400,000 Leaf electric cars

07 March 2019
The new Nissan Leaf will feature a range of 226 miles. Source: Nissan

Nissan has become what it claims is the first car maker in history to surpass the 400,000 sales mark with its Leaf electric vehicle (EV).

The first Leaf was introduced in 2010 where the company said many of the customers for the EV were early adopters. However, with environmental issues growing in importance worldwide, electric cars are growing in popularity, moving away from being a niche market and into major market opportunities for Nissan and other automotive OEMs.

Nissan said a number of its customers have stated that they want their next car to be electric because of the benefits of sustainable mobility but also because technology has advanced to a point where range anxiety is less of an issue and these vehicles perform and include many of the same infotainment and other features as their combustion engine counterparts.

Since the introduction of the Leaf EV, owners have driven more than 10 billion kilometers and the number of cars sold is enough to save 3.8 million barrels of oil a year, Nissan said. Leaf was the top selling EV in Europe in 2018 and was the top-selling car of any kind in Norway.

Nissan has introduced a new Leaf that includes a new powertrain that increased the range of the EV to 226 miles. The car has started selling in Japan and will begin sales in the U.S. and Europe in the coming months.

Nissan Energy has begun infrastructure pilots in Europe, Japan and the U.S. for future commercial use cases using the batteries developed initially for the Leaf to power homes and businesses in order to help balance power grids and provide cleaner energy. The company is also creating a second-life program for used EV batteries that can be repurposed for off-grid street lighting, power banks for sports complexes and more.

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