Nissan sells 3,000th Leaf EV in the UK in November

Article by Anita Panait, on December 16, 2013

Nissan has sold its 3,000th Leaf EV in the United Kingdom, further solidifying its position as a leader in the electric car market.  The sales milestone was achieved in November when 141 new Leafs were registered at dealerships across the UK. The figures underline the fact that the Nissan Leaf has been becoming a favorite choice since 2011 among those seeking vehicles that are not only environmental friendly, but are also economical.

The carmaker's second generation Leaf became available in May 2013 and features over 100 improvements over its predecessor. It managed to post over 1,300 sales in the UK in just six months. “The Leaf is a true pioneer in every sense and in its lifetime it’s already done a huge amount to change attitudes and open minds in the UK and across the world,“ remarked Jon Pollock, Sales Director at Nissan GB.

He added that reaching the 3,000 mark is a "fantastic achievement and shows not only what a wonderful car it is but also that motorists are keen to experience the revolutionary new technology it introduces."

He added that the low running costs of the Leaf and many other benefits make it "an incredibly attractive proposition" for vehicle buyers. Pollock said they expect the sales trend to continue as the Leaf's visibility increases and the rapid charging infrastructure expands across the UK. So far, Nissan has sold over 16,000 Leafs across Europe, and 87,000 units around the world.

He also added: “The low running costs of the LEAF, not to mention its many other benefits, make it an incredibly attractive proposition and we have been seeing steady growth in sales".“We expect that trend to continue rising as the model’s visibility increases and the rapid charging infrastructure expands across the UK.”

Small changes can mean the start of something highly amazing. This is probably how the designers perceived Nissan LEAF’s design philosophy. Just as what they did with the front end, the new LEAF is made to look like it has finally arrived. And by that, they put up special styling techniques such as the blue reflectors coming out from the V-shaped LED headlamps to call more attention.

Aside from the eye-catching design, these headlights were split to redirect the airflow coming from the side mirrors. As a result, there is less drag and wind noise coming from the exterior. But that’s not all. These headlights are also 10% more energy efficient as compared with other conventional lighting technology available.

Nissan LEAF’s blue colour interior motif is derived from the originally released body paint. The Aqua Globe theme continues to flourish inside the stylish cabin all the way to the dashboard’s instrument panel.

Aside from this, Nissan provides an exclusive IT system to bring LEAF owners 24/7 entertainment as well as a reliable source of information straight from the global data centre. It also features the new in-dash monitor showing the nearest charging stations or the amount of power remaining to reach certain places.

The new Nissan LEAF also lets the driver (or passengers) use their smartphones to set the charging time as well as to operate the air conditioning system even prior to turning the power on. Otherwise, they can take advantage of the on-board remote control to set the recharging schedule to when it’s appropriate.

Tooru ABE, LEAF’s chief product specialist stated the importance of an IT system. In fact, they wanted LEAF to be the perfect companion for both the passengers and the driver. Along with that, they also strive to create a zero-emission environment. Luckily, the type of technology they used on the LEAF is designed to make it all come true.

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