Nissan has received orders for more than 37,000 examples of the latest-generation Leaf in Europe alone.
Sales of the new model only commenced eight months ago meaning a Leaf is sold to a European customer every 10 minutes. This demand for the new model, plus the success of the previous-iteration Leaf, means the Japanese marque has now delivered 100,000th Leafs in Europe.
Additionally, a total of 320,000 Leafs have been sold globally, making it the highest-selling electric vehicle ever.
The first-generation Leaf was produced for seven years and thoroughly updated last year with the introduction of an all-new model.
The 2018 Leaf features a single electric motor delivering 148 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. When mated to a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Leaf can run for 370 km (230 miles) on a single charge, Nissan claims. A quick-charging function allows the electric hatchback to charge to 80 per cent capacity in 40 minutes.
A plethora of safety features also play a role in the vehicle’s ongoing popularity. The hatchback includes Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
Since the Leaf hit the market, Nissan says customers have driven over 2 billion kilometers and saved more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2.