Nissan continues to enjoy burgeoning demand for its electric vehicles, recently reporting a 10 per cent jump in its EV sales in the last fiscal year ending March 31.
The Japanese marque unveiled its second-generation Leaf last year and sales of it commenced in Japan and the United States in October 2017.
In fiscal year 2017, a total of 54,451 Leafs were sold around the world, a 15 per cent jump from the 47,423 sold the previous year. As the new Leaf reaches Latin America, Asia, and Oceania this year, sales will increase further. Since the Leaf was introduced in 2010, more than 320,000 examples have been sold in 51 markets worldwide.
“The strong performance of Nissan’s EV models globally is a testimony to our expertise and leadership in electric vehicle technology,” Nissan executive vice president Daniele Schillaci said.
“The unprecedented response to the most advanced electric car in the world, the Nissan LEAF, contributed significantly to the robust growth of Nissan in 2017. The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric car in the world, with the widest reach and the greatest availability. We expect its continuous leadership in 2018.”
Beyond its use of Nissan’s latest battery pack and electrics, the Nissan Leaf comes complete with a plethora of advanced technologies and features, including the ProPILOT autonomous driving technology, ProPILOT Park, and e-Pedal.
While the Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric car, Tesla has received in excess of 400,000 orders for the entry-level Model 3. However, it remains to be seen when the automaker will be in a position to deliver all these cars.