Nissan LEAF in Europe

Nissan LEAF in Europe

Nissan recently provided data on the average distance driven by LEAFs in Europe, which indicates that LEAFs drive over 50% more miles than petrol or diesel vehicles.

There areover 31,000 LEAFs in Europe (and over 150,000 worldwide) and their average annual mileage stands at 10,307 miles. Internal combustion-powered vehicles, on average, cover just 6,721 miles / 10,818 km*.

"* Average is calculated from 2013 market specific annual average statistics using data from the UK, France, Spain Italy, Sweden and Norway. An even weighting was applied to each country to find a ‘European Average’. A German statistic was not used in the European average as the raw data is not available and all average kilometre figures quoted are estimates."

ICE average:

UK Average (km)


France Average  (km)


Spain Average  (km)


Italy Average  (km)


Sweden Average  (km)


Norway Average  (km)




European Average (km)


Data on the LEAFs comes from CarWings telemetry.

The highest average is in Spain - 11,858 miles, but in colder climates, like Sweden, mileages are high too - 10,954 miles.

On a weekly basis, this translates to 228 miles for Spain and 198 miles for the whole of Europe - see table - while ICE vehicles average 129 miles per week:


Total Miles Recorded Per Week (LEAF)

Total Miles Recorded Per Annum (LEAF)

Spain 228 11,858
Sweden 211 10,954
UK 201 10,468
Norway 197 10,242
Italy 190 9,854
France 188 9,790
Germany 173 9,014

"* Totals based on Nissan’s Global Data Center (GDC) as of 30.09.2014 (UTC). The average is gathered only from Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings, approximately 54% of total sales. Data used is from 01.04.14 – 30.09.14"

"Further research from the automaker indicated that 89 percent of LEAF drivers charge overnight at home, benefiting from a cost per mile of just two pence or less†.

This insight into LEAF driver habits, comes just four years since the car’s launch, in 2010, as one of the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicles. It is now the best-selling electric vehicle in history, with over 150,000 LEAF vehicles sold globally, more than 31,000 of which have been sold in Europe. The launch follows on from the success of the Nissan LEAF, its all-electric car, which has collectively clocked up an impressive one billion kilometres worldwide*."

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan in Europe, stated:

“Since the beginning we have said that the Nissan LEAF is much more than just a city car or second car and now we can show the data that proves this. Our customers frequently tell us that they buy the Nissan LEAF as a second car, but end up using it far more than their other vehicle and the information we receive from CarWings reinforces that message.”

“The customers tell us this is because the car has very low fuel and servicing costs and that along with the smooth, almost silent ride of the Nissan LEAF make it difficult to go back to a diesel or petrol car.”

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