Nissan LEAF Is #1 Selling Electric Car In Europe

JUL 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 21

The second-generation Nissan LEAF is second to none in Europe in terms of plug-in electric car sales, regardless of type (all-electric or plug-in hybrid).

The Japanese manufacturer says that it sold in the first six months of 2018 more than 18,000 copies of the LEAF, which is more than Renault ZOE (the long-standing leader of the European market).

The total number of orders for the new LEAF in Europe exceed 37,000 (since October 2017) and as deliveries began in February, there are still nearly 20,000 cars that need to be produced and delivered.

In other words, Nissan’s production capabilities will determine whether 40,000 LEAF sales in Europe are possible this year or not.

Interestingly, 72% of new LEAF buyers have chosen the optional ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving system.

2018 Nissan LEAF

Best selling BEVs in Europe:

  • 2011: Nissan LEAF
  • 2012: Nissan LEAF
  • 2013: Nissan LEAF
  • 2014: Nissan LEAF
  • 2015: Renault ZOE
  • 2016: Renault ZOE
  • 2017: Renault ZOE
  • 2018: Nissan LEAF?

Cumulative sales of Nissan LEAF is now above 340,000 and counting quicker than ever.

“The new Nissan LEAF offers the exhilarating acceleration and environmental performance of an all-electric powertrain, dynamic exterior styling, and advanced driver assistance technologies. The car’s larger, 40 kilowatt-hour battery delivers a combined driving cycle range of 270 kilometers under Europe’s new WLTP emissions and economy standard.

The 100% electric vehicle has won several awards for its cutting-edge technology and performance. It won the “2018 World Green Car” award at the New York International Auto Show and has received 5-star safety ratings from both the European New Car Assessment Program and the Japan New Car Assessment Program.

The new LEAF is the flagship model for Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. It features a host of new, innovative technologies such as Nissan ProPILOT, ProPILOT Park and e-Pedal, which are proving popular with customers. So far, 72% of new LEAF buyers have chosen the optional ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving system.

The strong demand for the new Nissan LEAF in the first six months of this year reinforces its status as the best-selling electric car on the planet, with more than 340,000 global sales since the first LEAF was launched in 2010. Recently, Nissan delivered the 100,000th Nissan LEAF to a European customer.”

Gareth Dunsmore, electric vehicle director at Nissan Europe said:

“The momentum continues to build for electric cars. The new LEAF has transformed the experience of driving, with technologies like e-Pedal, capable of reducing braking interaction by up to 90%, showing more customers the benefits of electric mobility that Nissan offers.”

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Looks like Nissan learned their lesson and quoted the WLTP range in their press release.

Will the Leaf be the First Pure EV (Non Chinese) Model to reach 500k sold Worldwide?

Maybe Musk and the Model 3, can can beat the RNM alliance, to the lofty half million mark and milestone, that will probably be reached by the Leaf (1.0 and 2.0), sometime in 2020.

Nope the leaf will be the first

It looks very likely that both EV models (Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3) will reach that 500,000 deliveries mark and milestone in 2020.

It will be a close race to 500k, sometime late in 2020, if Tesla can get the $35k Model 3 to start delivery in early Q1 2019.

If they face no serious problems with further ramping, it should actually happen for Model 3 by late 2019…

No surprise, the Leaf is a great value for a commuter car.

Yelp European car

Congratulations, Nissan! The LEAF was the first modern EV to ship, and still one of the best.

You mean first modern mass-market EV. It was definitely not the first modern EV.

If you count the EV1 as a modern EV. The Leaf is older then the roadster.

No it’s not. The Roadster was first shipped in late 2008; the Leaf in late 2010. Between these, there was the i-MiEV in 2009.

The Leaf trolls must be getting their underwear in a knot over this.

Is there any other good & affordable BEV available in Europe? The leaf isn’t a great car since it lacks a TMS, but it doesn’t seems like there are many options over there.

The ZOE is a very good BEV available in Europe — smaller than the Leaf, though.

What happened to the huge 37,000 orders from Europe and 13,000 orders from Japan. Leaf sales has gradually declined from 11,000 range in Apr to 7,000 in May and 6,000 in June.

Are the production department not producing or marketing department not delivering or the dealers not selling.
There is no competition from Tesla Model-3 since it has $ 44K price tag and by the time the standard $ 35K version comes, the fed rebate will reduce to $3,750 which means the vehicle will cost $31,250 while the Leaf after $7,500 rebate costs just $22,500.

There are only 2,500 units of Leaf in inventory while Altima has 15,000 units. It shows Nissan is not much interested in volume sales.

The rebate has nothing to do with Europe

Well done Nissan!

The 40K / year production limit is very small for Nissan’s European factories.

Even Tesla may oversell them this year in the EU if they continue to ramp up with the Model3, like they have been so far and start international deliveries in the second half of the year (unlikely but still).

Don’t forget, 40K is only 8 weeks on the current Mod3 production level (5K/wk) and only 4 weeks for the final production level (10K/wk) .

We are only at the middle of the year.

I think they are conservative with the production capacity, since they are not sure how well demand will hold up… They don’t want a repeat of the original Leaf, which sold an order of magnitude less than originally planned.

Total global Nissan Leaf deliveries in 2018 will probably be somewhere around 100,000.

And the total of 2019 will be more than the total of 2018.