UK built Nissan Leaf electric car to go on sale in June 2013

June 17th, 2013 by Nissan Motor Company

10,000 th European customer drives Nissan Leaf out of showroom (click image to expand - image courtesy of Nissan)

10,000 th European customer drives Nissan Leaf out of showroom near Paris, France (click image to expand – image courtesy of Nissan)

Nissan announced at the end of May 2013 that a nurse from Paris had become the 10,000th Nissan Leaf customer in Europe.

Nissan has sold over 50,000 Leaf’s globally, confirming the ground-breaking zero emission car’s status as the best-selling electric vehicle of all time.

The nurse will be driving the Nissan Leaf on visits to patients and using it with her family at the weekends. She picked up her Nissan Leaf from a dealership near Paris. She bought the 100% electric family car after being impressed on the test drive.

“I purchased the car because its low running costs really make sense for my work. I needed a proper family car and I wanted a zero emission vehicle to replace my diesel hatchback – the Nissan Leaf was the best choice,” she said.

“My family were reluctant to get an electric vehicle, but after the test drive my husband told me he wanted it to drive to work. He will not get the keys from me easily though!”

“As a nurse I know the effect that poor air quality has on people, so it makes me feel good to know that by driving an electric car, I am not adding to that,” she said.

“I will mostly be using it for work, driving between patients, but I am also looking forward to taking the Leaf on the Autotrain to the south of France with my family for our holiday in the summer,” the nurse said.

The Nissan Leaf went on sale in Europe in March 2011 in a handful of markets and is now available across the region as the demand for electric vehicles increases.

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe Director of Electric Vehicle, is delighted to have hit the 10,000 sales milestone.

“This is an important moment for electric cars in Europe and comes at a time where we are seeing a sales momentum building for the Nissan Leaf across the region,” he said.

In March Nissan sold over 1,000 Leaf models, which was the best month since the car was launched. In April we were the second best selling car overall in Norway.”

“We are seeing a shift in attitudes to electric mobility, with more people buying electric cars and the infrastructure developing at an ever increasing rate.”

“We have hit this landmark just as we prepare to introduce the new European-manufactured Nissan LEAF with over 100 improvements into the market,” Mr Diernaz said.

The new Nissan Leaf, which is being built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory will go on sale across Europe in June 2013, with over 100 changes and upgrades inspired by real life customer feedback.


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