Europe's best-selling electric vehicle - the Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was first launched in 2011 and has since gone on to become the best-selling all electric vehicle for the last four consecutive years. In 2014 the Leaf smashed previous sales records with a whopping 33% increase in sales in Europe. The ever growing electric car market now has many contenders to the Nissan Leaf yet it retains its place at the top of the market, taking more than a quarter of the market share with 14,658 sales last year. In the UK the Leaf sold a very impressive 4,051 units doubling the 1,812 units sold in 2013.

The Nissan Leaf has been manufactured at Nissan's Sunderland plant since 2013 and this week his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales made a return visit to the plant. Prince Charles first visited Nissan premises in Japan in 1986 to mark the start of production at the newly constructed Sunderland plant and rode in one of Nissan's ground-breaking electric vehicles at the company's Zama plant. During his visit to the Sunderland plant HRH was shown how far electric vehicle manufacturing has come in the last 29 years. As well as getting a look at how the Leaf is built Prince Charles also met some young Nissan apprentices who are involved in the Nissan Skills Foundation, a job-creation programme.