Nissan celebrates LEAF sales milestone

Nissan celebrates LEAF sales milestone
Nissan celebrates LEAF sales milestone. Nissan Image Library

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nissan LEAF continues to make automotive history, becoming the best-selling electric vehicle ever with global sales of more than 100,000 units and U.S. sales approaching 50,000. Collectively, it is estimated that owners in 35 countries have saved more than $28 million in gasoline costs – since the zero-emissions LEAF requires none.

To celebrate these achievements and inspire the next 100,000 LEAF buyers, Nissan has just launched a new digital program called “Real Owners. Real Questions.” – where current LEAF owners share their stories and reasons with anyone who’d like to know what it’s really like to go 100 percent electric with the Nissan LEAF.

The new website, for Nissan electric vehicles, features more than 500 quotes, 200 images and original video footage. The site uses dynamic content tiles and suggestive search functionality to provide the most relevant answers.

For example, visitors can browse a library of questions from the curious, “What’s the longest trip you’ve ever taken?” to the practical, “How much money have you saved?” or completely novel, by tapping into the Facebook community of LEAF owners directly to answer their questions. [Editor’s note: Try it! It’s a fun and interactive site]

In addition to crowdsourcing video responses from owners, several videos of unique stories are showcased on the site, like LEAF owner Neal Wagner, who is shown using a journey to catch a sunrise on Maui’s Haleakala Volcano to charge his LEAF.

The campaign was created in partnership with Critical Mass, Nissan North America’s digital agency of record, which also created the award-winning online campaign to launch Nissan LEAF in 2010.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

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The Nissan Leaf: Posting record sales in Europe, Again!

by Zachary Shahan

EV Sales. EV Central. 2013 European Nissan Leaf.
EV Sales. EV Central. 2013 European Nissan Leaf.

If you keep up with all the European electric car sales reports I publish, you already now that the Nissan Leaf is crushing it — in Europe as well as globally. Well, Nissan just put out a news release all about this, and it includes a number of cool stats, so I figured you could handle an extra sales report solely dedicated to the Leaf.

25% more Nissan Leafs were sold in Europe in 2013 than the #2 best-selling electric vehicle.

33% of the EV passenger car market in Europe now belongs to the Leaf. (Though, I think that’s unlikely to hold with several competitive EVs coming to market in just the past couple of months.)

The #1 best-selling car (of any type) in Norway was the Leaf in January. In all of 2013, it was #3. Its sales in January 2014 were 145% higher than in January 2013.

240% sales January sales growth was the name of the game in France, with the Leaf for the first time taking the #1 spot in that Renault-based country. (Actually, amongst all EVs, the Renault Kangoo ZE took the #1 spot, but I assume that Nissan didn’t count that since it’s a van, not a car.)

The Leaf was EV market leader in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom in 2013.

“Huge strides are being made in the UK with sales of the British-built Nissan LEAF increasing by more than 1000 percent in January versus the prior year. The UK recently saw the installation of the 195th CHAdeMO rapid charger at the Clackett Lane Services on the M25. These chargers can “refuel” a Nissan LEAF from 0-80 percent battery in just 30 minutes at zero cost to the driver. The UK charger was the 1000th CHAdeMO rapid charger in Europe, almost double the number installed by January 2013.”

That UK manufacturing is certainly helping Leaf sales across Europe, as it brings down cost a great deal.

“January has been a fantastic start to 2014, a year when we will launch our second 100 percent electric model in Europe – the Nissan e-NV200 light commercial vehicle,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe. “Our most recent survey following the launch of the improved European-built Nissan LEAF shows that 97 percent of owners would recommend a Nissan LEAF to a friend, and we believe this, combined with a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure, will bring further growth in 2014. We are moving from the early adopters to the early majority.”

Globally, Nissan has now seen over 100,000 Leaf sales.

This article, Nissan Leaf Is Kicking Ass In Europe, is syndicated from EV Obsession and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

EV Sales. Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

Nissan LEAF surpasses 100,000 total worldwide sales

by Nathan

More than 100,000 Nissan LEAF’s have now been sold worldwide! The impressive milestone was reached only just recently, when a Dr. Brett Garner (pictured below) — of Fareham, England — purchased Nissan LEAF #100,000.

The rapid achievement of the notable sales-marker is especially impressive when you consider that as recently as February 2013 “only” 50,000 LEAF’s had been sold worldwide — so, essentially, 50,000 vehicles were sold in less than a year.

Not bad!

The 100,000th Nissan LEAF sold and its owners.
Until February of 2013, only 50,000 Nissan LEAF’s had been sold worldwide. But from Feb 2013 until Jan 2014, another 50,000 LEAF’s were sold worldwide — for a grand total of 100,000 sales since the first LEAF was built. These proud Nissan LEAF owners purchased the 100,000th Nissan LEAF.

TreeHugger provides more:

As we recently reported, Nissan sold 22,610 LEAF EVs in the US in 2013. But if you look at global numbers, according to Nissan the LEAF has a 45% market share among electric vehicles and cumulative sales has just reached the 100,000 units sold milestone. Not bad considering they reached 50,000 in February of 2013.

Speaking on his reasoning for choosing the LEAF, buyer #100,000, Dr. Garner, stated:

I have chosen my Nissan LEAF because I am very interested in its running costs.

The cost of ownership such as maintenance, insurance and charging also convinced my wife. She had the experience of driving 500 miles in a borrowed LEAF and the low cost was remarkable. So she was converted and insisted that we had a LEAF.

The Nissan LEAF is perfect for everyday commuting, and there is no problem with charging it. It is ideal for the family as it is quiet and not tiring even on longer journeys, because there is no vibration.

Above all, it is a fun to drive car!

Good points, for sure, and exactly the reasons that LEAF sales will no doubt continue strong for years to come.

This article, 100,000 Nissan LEAF’s Sold Worldwide To Date, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Nathan – For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 3:19