The Nissan LEAF has reached its 5th birthday with a clutch of awards achieved along the way. These include being named Car of the Year in Japan and Europe, as well as winning the very prestigious World Car of the Year.
This most popular Electric Vehicle (EV) has also celebrated some impressive milestones recently. Drivers of the LEAF have covered 1.2 billion miles (equivalent to 2600 round trips from the earth to the moon) ensuring that 328,482 tons of CO has been prevented from entering the air. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough the 200,000th Nissan LEAF will roll off the production line in January, officially making it a global superstar and the world’s most popular and successful electric vehicle.
In terms of geographical breakdown the States, Japan and Europe are leading the 'charge' on sales with 90% of the total coming from these regions. The U.S. accounted for 45% of the total, with Japan and Europe not too far behind at 25% and 20% respectively.
While the first Nissan LEAF may have been sold in 2010, the technology behind its introduction has been in development for over 68 years. The Tama Electric Vehicle was Nissan's first foray into this market as far back as 1947 and since then the brand has invested in its in-house research and development. This has resulted in the development of the EV battery, taking it from zinc and nickel hydride to lithium-ion. Successfully marketing the world’s first lithium-ion battery EV in 1996 Nissan delivered the Prairie Joy EV to the market. The knowledge and experienced from this gave Nissan a big advantage over its competitors and resulted in the first mass-produced EV in history, the Nissan LEAF.
Planning for the future President and CEO Carlos Ghosn commented: “EV technology will continue to be at the heart of Nissan’s product development efforts. By combining our pioneering EV technologies and other intelligence and innovations, Nissan is moving closer to a zero-emission future for car transportation. With the technologies we are creating, mobility is becoming safer, cleaner, more connected and more exciting. That’s the power of innovation. And that’s what you can expect from Nissan.“
Further milestones are expected to be rolled out over the next 5 years. The 2016 Nissan LEAF, launched in the U.S, is now equipped with a new 30kWh battery that extends the miles per charge by more than 20 percent. This is due to be released in Japan (December 2015) and Europe (January 2016).
As electric vehicle technology continues to develop, this popular brand believes that this shift towards cleaner, more efficient zero emission vehicles will contribute greatly in improving air quality and lowering noise levels.