Combined they’ve driven around the world 20 times
It may be awhile before we see LEAF after LEAF after LEAF on US streets, but not a day goes by that we don’t see at least one other LEAF driving around our neighborhood. Nissan’s mass market electric vehicle (EV) has found supporters in markets around the world, and tales of its capabilities continue to spread.
Today the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced the sale of the 100,000th electric vehicle produced by the alliance. This particular vehicle was a LEAF purchased in Atlanta, Georgia, USA by a graduate student – Alison Howard.
“It just drives perfectly. It’s so cool. I love it!” said Howard.
“The fact that it’s all electric and I don’t have to spend money on gas as a college student, that’s great.”
Nissan has sold over 71,000 LEAFs globally with almost 30,000 Renaults making up the remainder. Nissan has sold 30,000 LEAFs in the US, 28,000 in Japan, and 12,000 in Europe. Renault has captured a 61 percent share of the European EV market. Some LEAF owners (like us) are already on their second LEAF, and others have chosen to become two LEAF families.
In Norway, the LEAF is one of the top 10 vehicles sold, and it is Nissan’s best selling model. It is also a top 10 vehicle in San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu.
We have said this since the beginning and will continue to say it – EVs are not for everyone, but for those that can operate within the parameters of an EV, they offer a transportation alternative that should be seriously considered.