The Nissan LEAF today became the first electric car in history to surpass 400,000 sales, enough to save 3.8 million barrels of oil a year. Introduced in 2010 as the one of the first mass-market electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF continues to move toward sustainable mobility and affordable electric vehicles for customers.
“This milestone is a powerful statement that 400,000 customers, and counting, value the Nissan LEAF for the excitement, confidence and connection it delivers," said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, Nissan's global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles. “The LEAF remains the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our strategy for moving more people to a better world."
In launching the first-generation LEAF, Nissan pledged to become a global leader in producing and promoting vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. The company committed itself to working with governments and utility companies to support the adoption of electric vehicles, make charging them easier and more convenient, and develop second-life uses for electric car batteries.
Since then, Nissan has formed partnerships around the world under its Nissan Energy initiative. These partnerships will leverage the ability of electric car batteries to store energy and share it with homes, businesses and power grids.
The Nissan LEAF is available in more than 50 markets globally. Recently, a model with a new powertrain joined the lineup: the Nissan LEAF PLUS, which offers up to 226 miles of range. Sales of the LEAF PLUS began in late January in Japan. Canadian sales will begin this spring, and Europe will follow shortly thereafter.