In Europe Nissan Sells 1 LEAF Every 10 Minutes

OCT 4 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

Nissan LEAF – the best selling electric car in Europe.

Nissan can be happy with its LEAF sales results in Europe as the second-generation version attracted some 43,000 sales so far, out of which roughly 26,000 were delivered (by the end of August). Not bad, especially since volume deliveries began only in February. For comparison, sales in U.S. stand at 10,686 after nine months.

Nissan LEAF is now the best-selling all-electric car in Europe (also above all plug-in hybrids). An even bigger achievement is that in Norway, LEAF is the best-selling car regardless of powertrain type.

The Japanese brand estimates that new orders are coming at a pace of one every 10 minutes. That would be well over 4,000 a month. That’s more than average deliveries over seven months (February-August), which means that the number of 17,000 units ordered and awaiting delivery is going to increase until production catches up.

The question is what is constraining Nissan from producing and selling more LEAFs if there’s a chance to capitalize in Europe?

“Strong sales growth has been a characteristic for new LEAF across Europe including markets such as Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. In Norway, the Nissan LEAF has risen through the sales charts to become the top-selling passenger car in 2018, outperforming all electric and combustion-powered models alike.

Like retail customers, business users are also embracing electrification. More than 8,000 of the total have been delivered to corporate fleets throughout Europe.

The new Nissan LEAF builds on the talents of its predecessor, adding the latest generation of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating under the latest test standards.

The Nissan LEAF’s advanced driving assistance technology, ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park, make it effortless to navigate through traffic and easy to park. The innovative e-Pedal brings new levels of driving simplicity and fun by allowing customers to accelerate and decelerate using only one pedal.”

“The Nissan LEAF is available in 51 markets worldwide and has posted strong global demand. Its sales success, combined with sales of its predecessor, makes it the global leader for electric vehicles with over 350,000 units delivered since 2010. Its LCV and seven-seat electric sibling, the e-NV200 also continues to enjoy strong sales throughout Europe.”

Gareth Dunsmore, director, electric vehicles, Nissan Europe, said:

“As the interest in electric vehicles continues to grow, we’ve made sure that the opportunity to experience and own our new LEAF model is more accessible than ever before.”

“When we set out to design the new Nissan LEAF, we wanted to create a car built on the feedback of over 100,000 existing owners here in Europe. Today feedback such as – ‘I love the instant torque… the performance is fantastic… e-Pedal makes driving very easy’ are common reactions from our newest customers. It’s a car you can look forward to driving and appreciate living with on a day-to-day basis, and the sales figures reflect this.”

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16 Comments on "In Europe Nissan Sells 1 LEAF Every 10 Minutes"

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Nonbiker

Let the 60 kWh come!

Djoni

With AWD!

Michal

And blackjack

CuChulainn

And hookers

Niki

With TMS!

Dima

The Nissan Leaf is perfect for many European lifestyles.

And in 2019, when the Nissan Leaf e-Plus comes, with a range over 200 miles, it will be suitable for many lifestyles.

Benz

Yes, I think that the 60 kWh battery pack will increase sales numbers of the Nissan Leaf.

But with the current 40 kWh battery pack the Nissan Leaf has a very practical range as well. Of course, not for everyone but for many people.

And I think that some people might want to consider buying the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro instead of the Nissan Leaf.

Therefore, Nissan really should not wait too long with offering the Nissan Leaf with the 60 kWh battery pack.

What could be the reason for delaying the introduction of the 60 kWh battery pack? Perhaps it just simply cannot be supplied yet?

G2

Battery manufacturing capacity IS the likely hold up.

G2

The LEAF is not a perfect car in a few ways, but in many ways it is a very good car. Glad the Europeans understand that.
TMS + >50kwh will fix the LEAF’s remaining quibbles.

BoltUp

Now the e-NV200 with a 60kWh battery, that would be something awesome.

Ron M

Nissan needs to stop there charging system and contribute to Tesla’s so they can concentrate on build cars. Plus having access to a larger charging system would increase Leaf sales

Henrik

Why? On my daily commute I pass one supercharger with four stalls, but three Chademo/CCS chargers. True, two of them have only one stall but the one halfway has three stalls with both Chademo/CCS. At work we have one Chademo/CCS charger, constantly in use by the Tesla taxis. In addition there are some thirty normal AC chargers versus a dozen Tesla destination chargers in and around the parking garage. I would be much worse off if I could only charge at Tesla chargers.

Andy

Proprietary charging systems like Supercharger are not the way forward. CCS and to a lesser extent CHAdeMO are open standards and don’t require significant costs to enter into.

Nissan aren’t building charging systems, other companies are. Tesla is about the only company both building cars and chargers.

Henrik

With the growth of CCS it seems Chademo is on the way out.

Andy

CCS is certainly looking like it’s going to be the standard in Europe and North America but CHAdeMO is looking like it’s going to be the standard in Asia so it’s likely to be very region dependent.

Windbourne

Hopefully, leaf will make their base configuration have a minimum range of 150 MPC/250 kmpc.
That will stop most of the daytime charging that we see. RIght now, the only state that should be doing lots of daytime charging would be CA.

And I suspect that in Europe, they are similar to US, in that most excess energy is nighttime, not daytime.