September 9th marked the production of the 500,000th Nissan LEAF, the world's first mass-market 100% electric car. With half a million LEAFs built globally, customers around the world continue to embrace the pioneering zero-emission vehicle.

The milestone was achieved at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale.

The Leaf has won accolades around the world including World Car of the Year 2011, Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, and Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. More importantly, the car has earned the trust of hundreds of thousands of customers. The 500,000th LEAF found its happy owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway.

"My husband and I chose to buy a Nissan LEAF back in 2018, and we loved it," Jansen said. "We're very excited to become the proud owners of the 500,000th Nissan LEAF. This car really meets our needs with extended range and enhanced technologies."

LEAF owners have driven more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometers since 20101. Collectively, they have helped prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions.

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