It has been a year since Nissan commenced sales of the second-generation Nissan Leaf. Already at that time, consumers were already more receptive to electrified vehicles, especially in Europe. The timing could never be so good for Nissan to launch the 2018 Leaf as the Japanese carmaker posted excellent sales of the electric vehicle in Europe just a year after its release.
According to Nissan, the new generation of the Leaf EV is experiencing astounding success especially in Europe. The around 26,000 units of the 2018 Leaf has been handed to customers in Europe since its launch, making it the best-selling electric vehicle in the region this year. In addition, the new Nissan Leaf managed to become the best-selling EV in Europe every month in the first eight months of 2018. Put into other perspective, Nissan is selling a new Leaf EV in the region every 10 minutes.
On the other hand, the new second generation of the Leaf is the best-selling passenger car in Norway so far in 2018. This is quite a feat since the 2018 Leaf managed to beat not just other electric vehicles in this European country, but also conventionally powered models as well.
Furthermore, Nissan saw sales of the 2018 Leaf surge heavily in a number of markets in Europe such as Austria, France and Germany. Strong sales of the 2018 Leaf were also posted in The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
The dramatic rise of Nissan Leaf sales in Europe is also thanks to increasing demand for electric vehicles from corporate fleets. Since the 2018 Leaf was released, Nissan has sold more than 8,000 units of the EV across Europe.
The Japanese carmaker is currently selling the new Nissan Leaf in around 51 markets around the world, with demand surging across the globe. Ever since the company released the first generation of the Leaf in 2010, Nissan has sold more 350,000 units of the two generations – making the carmaker the true global leader for electric vehicles. In addition, Nissan is also selling an electric version of the NV200 LCV, the seven-seater e-NV200.
Gareth Dunsmore, director for electric vehicles at Nissan Europe, remarked that the continued growing interest in electric vehicles presented a great opportunity for the carmaker to make the new Nissan Leaf more accessible.
The new Nissan Leaf built on the strengths of the first generation EV, and added a number of elements designed to make the EV more appealing. According to Dunsmore, the new Leaf was a car built on the feedback of more than 100,000 current owners in Europe. In its latest guise, the Leaf comes with ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park advanced driving assistance technologies as well as the e-Pedal system. It also features the latest generation of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. Likewise, it has earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.