The world’s best selling electric car, the Washington-built Nissan Leaf has notched up an important landmark, by reaching 10,000 sales in Europe. A nurse from Paris will be using hers on visits to patients, as well as driving her family in it at the weekends. She picked up her Leaf from the Mantes-la-Jolie dealership near Paris.
Mrs Lailler bought the 100 per cent electric family car after being impressed on the test drive: ‘I purchased the car because its low running costs really make sense for my work. I needed a proper family car and I wanted a zero emission vehicle to replace my diesel hatchback – the Nissan Leaf was the best choice. My family were reluctant to get an electric vehicle, but after the test drive my husband told me he wanted it to drive to work. He will not get the keys from me easily though!’
The Nissan Leaf went on sale in Europe in March 2011 in a handful of markets and is now available across the region as the demand for electric vehicles increases. Nissan Europe Director of Electric Vehicle, Jean-Pierre Diernaz said: ‘This is an important moment for electric cars in Europe and comes at a time where we are seeing a sales momentum building for the Nissan LEAF across the region. In March we sold over 1000 LEAF models, which was the best month since the car was launched. In April we were the second best selling car overall in Norway.’
The revised Nissan Leaf, which is being built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory will go on sale across Europe in June, with over 100 changes and upgrades inspired by real life customer feedback.