10 September 2020

Nissan produces 500,000 LEAF EV

The milestone car heading to its new owner in Norway.
Nissan marked the production of the 500,000th LEAF, the world’s first mass-market 100pc electric car to celebrate World EV Day, writes Trish Whelan.

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.

The car was delivered to customer in Norway ahead of World EV Day. Maria Jansen in Norway said they had a LEAF in 2018 and loved it and are 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.

LEAF offers customers advanced technologies to enhance safety, comfort and control on the road. These include the award-winning ProPILOT - a hands-on, eyes-on system that allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane - and the e-Pedal technology for one-pedal driving.

With more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometres driven since 2010, LEAF owners around the world have helped prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of C02 emissions.

LEAF has won accolades around the world including Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, World Car of the Year 2011, and Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012.

Nissan Ireland and AIB recently combined forces to launch a new initiative called the ‘Power of Zero’ to help put more EV drivers onto Irish roads and to help Ireland reduce its carbon emissions. It offers consumers the opportunity to buy a new Nissan LEAF with 0pc finance and to avail of one year’s free servicing. Customers availing of the offer can save over €13,000 in finance and running costs as well as 11 tonnes of C02 emissions over five years.

Nissan LEAF under construction at the Sunderland plant.