In celebration of World EV Day, Nissan marked the production of the 500,000th LEAF, the first mass-market 100% electric car. With half a million LEAF built globally, customers around the world continue to buy the pioneering zero-emission vehicle. (Original 2010 AutoInformed review Nissan Leaf Debuts in U.S. at $32,780)
The milestone was achieved at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale. The plant has built more than 175,000 LEAF cars since it began producing the model in 2013.Ironically, Sunderland is now threatened by BREXIT and the UK Governments lack of an agreement with the EU.
The 500,000th LEAF found its 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.”
With more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometers driven since 20101, LEAF owners around the world have helped prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions.
During the COVID 19 lockdowns, air quality improved around the world due to a decrease in CO2-emitting activities. In Europe, studies show that 68% of people support measures to prevent a return to previous levels of air pollution2.
1 Nissan Global Data Center (as of August 26th, 2020). Calculation: total distance driven (GDC data, based on 52% of global LEAF volume) / number of Carwings-registered vehicles (52% of global LEAF volume) x total global sales number
2 POLITICO, Life after COVID: Europeans want to keep their cities car-free (published June 11, 2020)