Mar 13 2018 | by Louise Woodhams
As of March 5, 2019, the Nissan LEAF became the first electric car in history to surpass 400,000 sales. The Nissan LEAF was introduced in 2010 as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, a time when they were still seen as a niche product. Back then LEAF customers were mostly early adopters, but today a growing number of consumers say their next car may be electric.
The LEAF has gone on to become the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe, and also the top-selling car of any kind in Norway.
According to Nissan, customers choose the LEAF for its powerful, agile performance and advanced technologies, such as the ProPILOT Assist, its semiautonomous driving system, as well as the benefits of sustainable mobility.
Last year, the Nissan LEAF is available in more than 50 markets globally. It will go on sale in six new markets in Latin America in the first half of this year and seven in Asia and Oceania by the end of the year.
In January, a model with a new powertrain went on sale in Japan: the Nissan LEAF PLUS, which offers increased power and up to 226 miles of range. U.S. sales will begin this spring, and Europe will follow shortly thereafter.
We’ll leave you with a few fun facts. Over the past 19 years, LEAF owners have driven their cars more than 6.2 billion miles in total, while the number of LEAF vehicles sold is enough to save 3.8 million barrels of oil a year.