Strong Nissan Leaf Debut Driving Global EV Sales

Nissan’s global electric vehicle sales jumped 10% last fiscal year, driven by growing customer demand for the zero-emission Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV. The 100% electric car posted robust growth across all the major electric-vehicle markets – Japan, Europe and the U.S. – in the fiscal year that ended March 31.

Nissan delivered more than 54,000 examples of its new-for-2018 LEAF electric car in FY2017. That may be just a tenth of, say, Ford F-series sales, but it’s still a strong number that helped to drive Nissan’s global EV sales up 10% last year, alone.

Now, we’re obviously big fans of newest LEAF, and not only because they’re willing to ruffle Elon “Ol’ Musky” Musk’s feathers now and then. The cars are accessible, well-built, and have proven to be at least as reliable as Nissan’s comparable conventional cars. So far, anyway.

Check out the infographic at top and the official Nissan press release, below, that goes into more detail about the LEAF’s successes over the last few years. If you’ve got something to add, we’d love for you to share it with us in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

    The 100% electric car posted robust growth across all the major electric-vehicle markets – Japan, Europe and the U.S. – in the fiscal year that ended March 31.

    YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan’s global electric vehicle sales jumped 10% last fiscal year, driven by growing customer demand for the zero-emission Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV. Demand is expected to keep rising as customers embrace the new, second-generation Nissan LEAF, which offers increased range and new, advanced technologies. Sales of the redesigned model, introduced in October 2017, are gaining traction in Japan and the U.S. The all-new LEAF is set to go on sale in more new markets this fiscal year, including Latin America and the Asia & Oceania region.

    “The strong performance of Nissan’s EV models globally is a testimony to our expertise and leadership in electric vehicle technology,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, who heads the company’s electric-vehicle business. “The unprecedented response to the most advanced electric car in the world, the Nissan LEAF, contributed significantly to the robust growth of Nissan in 2017. The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric car in the world, with the widest reach and the greatest availability. We expect its continuous leadership in 2018.”

    Customers bought 54,451 Nissan LEAFs in fiscal year 2017, a 15% increase from 47,423 a year earlier. Nissan has sold more than 320,000 LEAFs since the model was first introduced in 2010. It is now available in 51 markets worldwide.

    The all-new Nissan LEAF comes with a host of advanced technologies and features, including ProPILOT autonomous driving technology (ProPILOT Assist in the U.S.), ProPILOT Park and e-Pedal, as well as increased power and range.

    The new LEAF also received a 5-star safety rating from the Japan New Car Assessment Program in February. The 2018 model’s ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving technology helped it score 94.8 points out of a possible 100 for occupant safety in a collision. Other features that contributed to the rating include its highly rigid body structure, six SRS airbags, seats with enforced headrests and back frames, and seat belts with pre-tensioners and (impact load) limiting capabilities for the front and rear outboard seating positions.

Source | Images: Nissan USA.

 

Jo Borrás

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