Nissan celebrates production of the 500,000th LEAF electric car

Landmark Sunderland-built car delivered to customer in Norway ahead of World EV Day

By
Ian Osborne
September 9, 2020
Category:
EV Life

In celebration of World EV Day, which is taking place today (September 9), Nissan marked the production of their 500,000th LEAF, the world’s first mass-market 100 percent zero-emission electric car.

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. It continues to craft this popular electric car to the highest standards to ensure that every LEAF embodies innovation and excitement, while striving to make advances in sustainable mobility.

The popularity of the Nissan LEAF has long been recognised and it has won a catalogue of awards around the globe including Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, World Car of the Year 2011, and Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. More importantly, the car has earned the trust of hundreds of thousands of happy customers.

The landmark 500,000th LEAF found its happy owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway.

Jansen said:
“My husband and I chose to buy a Nissan LEAF back in 2018, and we loved it. 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 kilometres driven since 20101, LEAF owners around the world have helped prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
During recent lockdowns air quality improved around the world due to a decrease in CO2-emitting activities. In Europe, studies show that 68 percent of people support measures to prevent a return to previous levels of air pollution2.

Helen Perry, head of Electric Passenger Cars and Infrastructure, Nissan Europe, said: “Today I am happy to announce Nissan’s partnership with World EV Day while celebrating the production of our 500,000th all-electric LEAF globally. As a pioneer of mass-market electric vehicles we have supported drivers towards a more sustainable future.

Consumers have seen what cleaner air and reduced noise pollution feel like during lockdowns. Now more than ever, they're looking to take positive steps towards a more sustainable future and the Nissan LEAF contributes to this."

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