The new Nissan LEAF EV is selling at a rate of one every 12 minutes in Europe, with 20,000 sold in the first month, making it europe’s fastest selling electric car.
It was back in September that the new Nissan LEAF was revealed as an electric car which has gone from slightly odd to appealingly mainstream.
Looking like a properly decent modern family hatchback, the new LEAF comes with more power, bigger batteries and increased range, and a raft of technology, including Nissan’s ProPilot Park and the one-foot-driving e-Pedal, to make it a very complete car.
Having sold over 300,000 LEAFs ahead of the ‘LEAF 2.0’, Nissan must have been keeping their fingers crossed that the, very sensible, move to broaden the appeal of the LEAF to grab sales from non-EV evangelists wouldn’t have the opposite effect and turn off existing LEAF lovers. But they needn’t have worried.
In a little over a month from going on sale in Europe, Nissan has already flogged 20,000 new LEAFs – a rate of one every 12 minutes – making the new LEAF the fastest-selling EV in Europe.
To add to the appeal of the new styling and new technology, Nissan also quoted a range of 235 miles for the LEAF when it was revealed, but that was a figure you needed to take with a dose of salts as it was based on the less than perfect NEDC testing.
But the new LEAF has now been tested using the new WLTP regime – aimed to give a more accurate figure in the real world – and it’s now rated at 168 miles on the combined cycle and 258 miles in city conditions.
Which makes the new LEAF a truly usable EV alternative to an ICE car.