Nissan LEAF Hits Impressive Milestones on 5th Birthday

The Nissan LEAF has celebrated many impressive milestones recently. Drivers of this most popular Electric Vehicle (EV) - now 5 years old - have covered 1.2 billion miles ensuring that 328,482 tons of CO has been prevented from entering the air.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough Nissan will also deliver its 200,000th LEAF in January, officially making it the world’s most popular and successful electric vehicle.

The U.S., Japan and Europe are responsible for 90% of sales. The U.S. accounted for 45% of the total, with Japan and Europe not too far behind at 25% and 20% respectively.

Since the first Nissan LEAF was introduced in 2010, it has received international recognition, receiving north of 90 awards, including being named Car of the Year in Japan and Europe, as well as winning the very prestigious World Car of the Year.

Looking to the future, Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn commented: “EV technology will continue to be at the heart of Nissan’s product development efforts. By combining our pioneering EV technologies and other intelligence and innovations, Nissan is moving closer to a zero-emission future for car transportation. With the technologies we are creating, mobility is becoming safer, cleaner, more connected and more exciting. That’s the power of innovation. And that’s what you can expect from Nissan.“

The next 5 years will see further significant milestones rolled out. The 2016 Nissan LEAF, launched in the U.S, is now equipped with a new 30kWh battery that extends the miles per charge by more than 20 percent. This is due to be released in Japan (December 2015) and Europe (January 2016).

As electric vehicle technology continues to develop, this popular brand believes that this shift towards cleaner, more efficient zero emission vehicles will contribute greatly in improving air quality and lowering noise levels.

Nissan’s history with electric vehicles goes back as far as back 68 years with the Tama Electric Vehicle. Nissan, which has invested in its in-house research and development and in so doing delivered the EV battery, taking it from zinc and nickel hydride to lithium-ion. Successfully marketing the world’s first lithium-ion battery EV in 1996 Nissan delivered the Prairie Joy EV to the market. The key knowledge and experienced from this gave Nissan a big advantage over its competitors and resulted in the first mass-produced EV in history, the Nissan LEAF.

By Tracey McBain