The LEAF electric car from Japanese automaker Nissan is among the most recognizable electric vehicles (EV) in the world, previously holding the title of the world’s top-selling plug-in electric car until it was unseated by the Tesla Model 3 early this year.
If only all-electric vehicles looked as sharp as the Nissan LEAF
Just recently, the LEAF marked two significant milestones: celebrating 10 years since its introduction and having delivered 500,000 units across 59 markets globally.
Nissan launched the LEAF in 2010, seeking to make the EV more appealing to mainstream drivers by using a five-door hatchback design. The first-generation LEAF was reported to have an extremely high-reliability rate in Europe for 2015, with only three battery failures out of 35,000 units sold.
Now on its second generation, the LEAF is manufactured in the U.S. and the U.K., apart from its home market of Japan.
Nissan has transformed the five-door hatchback from a simple city commuter to a more versatile vehicle by increasing the EV’s battery capacity, resulting in improvements to its performance and efficiency.
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The LEAF has received numerous awards both in Japan and overseas
Based on data from Nissan as of October 2020, Nissan LEAF owners have collectively traveled a total of 16 billion km. worldwide. With the LEAF’s zero emissions, this has prevented more than 2.5 billion kg. of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
“In marking these milestones, we firstly want to express our appreciation to all the customers who have come on this electrifying journey with us,” said Nissan President and CEO Makoto Uchida. “By switching to electric mobility, customers around the world have brought us all closer to a more sustainable and resilient society.”
We wonder what the next 10 years will hold for the nameplate
He credits the model’s achievement to the hard work of Nissan’s employees, suppliers, and dealers around the world. “Together, we’re working to broaden the options for EV and electrified vehicle adoption so that more people can enjoy the benefits of electric driving.”
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Know more about Nissan LEAF
The Nissan LEAF is an upcoming battery electric-powered five-door hatchback fitted with a wide array of advanced features for modern-day driving. Currently, it is one of the best-selling electric vehicles on the market due to its impressive 240km road performance on a single charge. It features a good looking and sporty exterior detailed with the latest innovations. Inside, it is equipped with a wide array of comfort, convenience, and safety riding amenities everyone will adore. Worldwide, the Nissan LEAF is offered in the following exciting variants: the Nissan LEAF S, the Nissan LEAF SV, the Nissan LEAF, the Nissan LEAF S PLUS, and the Nissan LEAF SV PLUS, and the Nissan LEAF SL PLUS. It is available in Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Deep Blue Pearl, Pearl White Tricoat, Glacier White, Super White, Scarlet Ember Tricoat, and Two-tone White/Black.
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