Nissan Leaf Becomes Norway’s Best-Selling Car Overall, Keeps EV Crown In Europe

Norway’s appetite for all-electric vehicles grows stronger each year, to the point where Nissan was able to top the overall sales charts for 2018 with the Leaf.

The Japanese car maker managed to sell 12,303 Leafs during the previous year in Norway, becoming the country’s best-selling car overall.

In addition, the electric hatchback remained Europe’s most popular EV, selling 40,699 units during the past year.

Nissan has updated the car with the introduction of new features, the most important of which is the addition of the Leaf e+ version that sports a larger 62kWh battery pack. The new battery extends the driving range to a WLTP-estimated 239 miles (384 km) and offers faster acceleration, too.

The Leaf also offers additional connected services, new color options (including a contrasting roof) and a new NissanConnect EV mobile app. The new connectivity features are offered in the new 3.Zero limited edition which comes with an eight-inch infotainment system that gets additional functions such as door-to-door navigation.

“We can celebrate standout sales success with Norway as an example, as it highlights how the Nissan electric ecosystem has established itself as a sustainable lifestyle choice in a relatively short space of time,” said Ken Ramirez, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe. “With the range now stronger than ever, we look forward to welcoming more customers to EV ownership in the coming months.”

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  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Hardly surprising. It’s a decent EV for the price.

    • Marty

      They seem to think it’s a decent automobile for the price since it outsells all the others, regardless of drive train.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        When EVs are heavily subsidized like they are in Norway, it makes sense to buy one. Being taxed to death for having an internal combustion engine just shows how authoritarian the state is.

        • Marty

          They can’t be “taxed to death” at the same time as being the richest, happiest, healthiest people on this planet, can they? And if you really think Norwegians are authoritarian, you’ve probably never met one.

          You actually sound like an offended snowflake. 😉

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            The current tax rate is 45% and VAT is currently 23%! 😂

          • alexxx

            Nevermind the cold numbers,read again what man above you wrote😉

          • Marty

            Funny thing is that EVs aren’t cheaper in Norway than in other countries.

            It’s just that other cars are so expensive, but it’s been like that a long time, way before there were electric alternatives.

            Norway is a small, democratic country were the government is of the people (not aristocracy in wigs), so this is basically how they want it to be. They don’t need our pity. 😉

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            You do understand how Norway got so “rich” in the first place?
            It was due to oil.

          • Paul

            In other words if you read between the lines, they’re hypocrites in Norway. Get filthy rich over big oil and then force everybody to go electric with what you’ve earned. Sheesh.

          • Marty

            Haha! Damn those pragmatic Scandinavians, right?

            They didn’t force the world to buy their oil, and they’re not forcing their poor citizens to drive Teslas. Not that it would be that bad, would it?

          • Paul

            Maybe they should and further poor Elon Musk in his pickle of a situation he is in. 😀 😉

          • Jarosław Kotowicz

            Democratic with highest gas prices in Europe. Right.
            That is not freedome. They are buing EVs because they dont have a choice.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            If you think being taxed so heavily will mean you’re the richest, happiest and healthiest people on the planet, then move to Norway. 😂

          • Marty

            I don’t “think” that. Those are measurable statistics.

            (I hardly see the relevance of were you or I live, but I wouldn’t mind living in Norway. Luckily I don’t have to move since I already live in a another rich, happy and healthy country.)

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Becoming “rich” through oil and then taxing everyone away from it, is a beautiful example of left-wing hypocrisy.

  • Marty

    Way to go, Norway. That’s a good example of how responsible politics can steer consumption in a better direction.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Eco-fascists using taxpayer’s money to push people into electric vehicles isn’t that responsible.

      • Dude

        Oh cool you’re going on this rant again. Do I need to explain the democratic foundation of taxes or point to the countless subsidies that exist for other industries? Also “eco-fascists” would be a more hilarious term if it made any sense.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          You been taking lessons from Bernie Sanders? Encouraging people to pay more money because of “climate change” and then hilariously take as many private jets as you can? Just like with Norway’s historic love of oil, it’s called hypocrisy.

          • Dude

            Wow, a country is strategically investing its wealth into the future. What a nightmare. It’s a good thing Norwegians have you to complain about this “hypocrisy” on their behalf.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Buying EVs because of tax reasons isn’t “strategically investing its wealth into the future”.

          • Dude

            Investing in more sustainable infrastructure absolutely is. It’s no different than using taxes to pay for renewable energy sources or public transportation.

          • Dude

            Wow look at that. A report in the The Lancet has found that lobbying by multinational corporations pushing for trillions is government subsidies pushing for unsustainable agriculture and use of fossil fuels is driving not just climate change but malnutrition.

            But yeah Norway is so terrible for using their money for renewable energy and an electric ecosystem, isn’t it?

    • salamOOn

      norway is paying for their EV world by oil money….

      • Marty

        Exactly – that’s the point here! They are putting their oil money to good use compared to arguably any other oil country.

        This isn’t about never using oil, it’s about not using oil when you don’t have to. And who knows that better than a nation who’s wealth is based on oil wells that are now drying out?

      • Dude

        Why do you think that’s a bad thing?

  • Paul

    Of course. A piddly little country like Norway can pull off BS like this. Try it in other places where people’s viewpoints are a lot more varied.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Quote:
    “We can celebrate standout sales success with Norway as an example, as it highlights how the Nissan electric ecosystem has established itself as a sustainable lifestyle choice in a relatively short space of time,” said Ken Ramirez.

    Translation:
    “I’d like to thank Norwegian taxing policies, which make it so bloody expensive to own and operate an ICE vehicle, that our Nissan Leaf -of all things- is the top selling car.” said Ken Ramirez

  • Randy Terpstra

    True.

    Taken in context, that’s 40,000 Leafs, out of the over 15.6 million vehicles sold in Europe last year.

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