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Nissan LEAF hits 10,000-unit sales mark in Europe

Nissan has now sold 10,000 units of the battery-electric LEAF in Europe. The LEAF went on sale in Europe in March 2011 in a handful of markets and is now available across the region.

In March, Nissan sold more than 1,000 LEAFs, said Nissan Europe Director of Electric Vehicle, Jean-Pierre Diernaz. In April, LEAF was the second best-selling car overall in Norway. (Earlier post.)

We are seeing a shift in attitudes to electric mobility, with more people buying electric cars and the infrastructure developing at an ever increasing rate. We have hit this landmark just as we prepare to introduce the new European-manufactured Nissan LEAF with over 100 improvements into the market.

—Jean-Pierre Diernaz



Hey, how many have blown up. Weren't we supposed to have some toasted people by now. Isn't there enough information for a statistical analysis of the safety record of electric vehicles vs. that for the ICE cars carrying a tank of gasoline that we know has much more energy density and routinely explodes. Although, I guess the deaths that we expect are okay. Like I am sure we expect to have more soldiers killed in the oil fields, and we expect more heart and lung disease deaths in the major metropolitan regions.


This is a good start for the first generation Leaf in EU. The second generation units will certainly have better performances with improved batteries and will attract more buyers.

The first million BEVs are ice breakers and the following millions will be easier to sell, specially when many more charging facilities will be available and e-range will expand to 300 Km or so.


I am hoping for a lithium sulfur battery to double the LEAF's range for the same price. Add quick charging to reduce range anxiety and we could see sales increase right away.

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