This symbolic threshold was crossed after 10 years of production and 2 generations of the model.
Built at the British plant in Sunderland, the 500,000e Copy of Nissan’s electric compact was handed over to Maria Jansen. This Norwegian motorist and her husband had already acquired a first Leaf in 2018. ” This car really meets our needs thanks to its long range and its assisted driving technologies. », She commented.
In January 2014, it was a Phase 2 model of the first generation, delivered to Winchester in Great Britain, which marked the transition to the first 100,000 units produced in the world. Two years later, the milestone of 200,000 copies was exceeded, then that of 300,000 in January 2018.
The movement has accelerated on a global scale as the 400,000e Leaf, a model of 2e generation, rolled out of Sunderland in March 2019. That year, the electric compact was marketed to Latin America, and then to new markets in Asia and Oceania.
In addition to Japan, the United States and Europe, this trendy bestseller is available in territories as diverse as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, etc.
The world fleet made up of the half million Leaf totals more than 14.8 billion kilometers traveled. The Japanese manufacturer estimates that the owners of the 500,000 Leaf have avoided the emission of more than 2.4 million tonnes of CO2.
In France, 25,000 copies of Nissan Leaf are in circulation. Compare to the 100,000 Renault Zoé registered in France on, with a scant, 250,000 units assembled in Flins-sur-Seine.
In its press release issued to announce the delivery of the 500,000th Leaf, Nissan mentions ” a real success ” in our country. This is not really the case. The arrival of new electric cars relegates it to 8th place in sales for the first half of 2020, behind the Renault Zoé, Peugeot e-208, Tesla Model 3, DS3 Crossback, Hyundai Kona, Kia e-Niro, and even the Citroën C -Zero.
In France, the Leaf represents this year only 3.12% of the market for electric passenger cars.
While many owners are delighted to use this car on a daily basis, former Leaf users have switched to the competition, or even returned to thermal models, when their LLD contract came to an end. Why ? Due to the new offers formed around much higher rents and perceived as a deterrent. Added to this is the consequent drop in charging power during long journeys.