To 100.000στο Nissan Leaf παραδόθηκε σήμερα στην Αγγλία, 3 χρόνια και έναν μήνα (Δεκέμβριος του 2010) μετά από την έναρξη της παραγωγής του. Το αμιγώς ηλεκτρικό μοντέλο της Nissan κατέχει τον τίτλο του best seller EV μοντέλου της αγοράς, έχοντας το 45% του μεριδίου της αγοράς.
Ο 100.000στος ιδιοκτήτης του Leaf είναι ο Δρ. Brett Garner, ένας ιδιοκτήτης ενός οδοντιατρείου στη πόλη Fareham της Αγγλίας, ο οποίος δήλωσε πως το κόστος συντήρησης, ασφάλισης και φόρτισης, έπεισαν την γυναίκα του να το αγοράσουν.
Η Nissan θα βγάλει στην αγορά μέσα στο 2012 το e-NV200, ένα ηλεκτρικό ελαφρύ επαγγελματικό όχημα το οποίο θα πωλείται σε Ευρώπη και Ιαπωνία.
Nissan LEAF global sales reach 100,000 units
- Nissan LEAF is best-selling EV in history with 45% market share
- The 100,000th customer is a British dentist
- After revolutionizing passenger vehicle segment Nissan is electrifying LCVs with the e-NV200
YOKOHAMA, Japan (January 20, 2014) – The 100,000th all-electric Nissan LEAF is being bought by a customer in the United Kingdom. The Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle, remains the best-selling EV in history with a 45% market share.
Since its launch in December 2010 Nissan has seen the pace of sales increase consistently and 2013 was a record year. The LEAF is now available to customers in 35 countries on four continents. In Norway, the Nissan LEAF topped sales charts, out-selling conventional gasoline powered vehicles in October 2013.
The 100,000th Nissan LEAF customer is Dr. Brett Garner, the owner of a dental practice in Fareham in the UK.
“I have chosen my Nissan LEAF because I am very interested in its running costs,” Dr. Garner said. “The cost of ownership such as maintenance, insurance and charging also convinced my wife. She had the experience of driving 500 miles in a borrowed LEAF and the low cost was remarkable. So she was converted and insisted that we had a LEAF.”
As a father of three, Dr. Garner says the car is convenient and comfortable for his family.
“The Nissan LEAF is perfect for everyday commuting, and there is no problem with charging it. It is ideal for the family as it is quiet and not tiring even on longer journeys, because there is no vibration. Above all, it is a fun to drive car!”
One of the first Nissan LEAF customers was Mr. Wasei Hirai, the Buddhist priest.
“It is profound that Nissan LEAF sales have reached 100,000 units,” he said at his temple in Tokyo in Japan. “Natural beauty and history are very important for me, but I often drive a car because it is necessary for life. That is why I have chosen 100% zero emission Nissan LEAF. The Nissan LEAF driven by electricity produces zero emissions, no sound, and no vibration. That new type of driving car attracted me.”
“Surprisingly, the innovative aspect of the Nissan LEAF matches this old temple quite naturally,” he continues. “So, I believe that such a temple should take the initiative to propose messages about the environment and a way of living. I think the day will come that whenever people think of a car, it will be an electric car.”
Nissan developed the Nissan LEAF to realize its corporate vision of Zero Emissions, new forms of mobility that are safe, fun and environmentally friendly. Nissan’s research into on-board lithium-ion battery technology began in 1992. The Nissan LEAF offers powerful acceleration, quiet operation, energy efficiency and low cost of maintenance. Nissan has extended the standard warranty for the battery-power holding capacity with its own additional warranty for customer satisfaction and assurance.
Nissan is continuing to innovate in electric vehicles and is determined to maintain its dominant leadership position in the market. The company is working with governments and corporations to further expand the infrastructure of charging stations to encourage the take-up of EVs. Nissan believes that now with over 100,000 Nissan LEAF EVs on the road throughout the world, it has access to invaluable market experience that can be utilized to further promote and enhance the future of EVs.
After leading the era of electrification in passenger vehicles with the LEAF, Nissan will in 2014 bring an all-electric light commercial vehicle to market. The e-NV200 will go on sale in Europe and Japan bringing the benefits of quiet, cost-efficient, zero-emissions mobility to businesses.
In June 2014, Nissan will participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the NISSAN ZEOD RC and aims to set a record for the fastest all-electric, zero-emissions lap of the circuit. Nissan is committed to using the EV platform to break new ground in both the commercial-vehicle and motorsports arenas.
About Nissan Motor Co. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with approximately 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
NISSAN LEAF IN THE MONEY FOR 100,000TH SALES MILESTONE
- As global sales of Nissan’s pioneering electric vehicle hit 100,000, a celebration Nissan LEAF acquires a special sparkle from 100,000 coins
- 50,000 2 pence pieces and 50,000 2 cent pieces to represent Nissan LEAF’s low running costs
ROLLE, Switzerland (20 January 2014) – Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle – with 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends – has reached a major milestone in its short life.
After just three years on sale globally, Nissan has delivered the 100,000th example of the zero emission Nissan LEAF. The car, a UK-built top-of-the-range Nissan LEAF Tekna in white, has been sold to a British buyer based in Hampshire.
“For such a revolutionary car, to achieve this sales milestone in such a short space of time is a major achievement,” said Guillaume Cartier, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe.
“Don’t forget that when Nissan LEAF was launched in 2010, the charging infrastructure was in its infancy. But that didn’t deter the pioneers who immediately appreciated the benefits of a purpose-designed electric vehicle. Three years on, many are already on their second Nissan LEAF. With five seats, practical back doors and class-leading boot space volume, the Nissan LEAF is the EV for the real world.
“Today, meanwhile, many cities have growing networks of quick chargers and this is helping accelerate sales of the multi-award winning LEAF.”
To celebrate the sales achievement, Nissan has produced a unique version of Nissan LEAF with 100,000 very special optional extras, representing each sale. The car is decorated in 50,000 two pence Sterling coins from the UK and 50,000 two cent Euro coins from Europe.
The choice of coins reflect how cost efficient Nissan LEAF is to run – just £0.02 per mile and less than €0.02 per kilometre.
Creating the coined covered Nissan LEAF took a specialist team of three people a full seven days to complete. Half the car is covered in Sterling and the other in Euros with the word ‘LEAF’ highlighted by the use of three layers of coins.
The coins are not likely to be offered as a regular option however: together they add a substantial 504kg to the overall weight of the car.
The coin covered Nissan LEAF has been on display at Martins of Winchester, the Nissan dealer which sold the actual 100,000th car to dentist Brett Garner, a self-confessed ‘technology freak’ whose practice is based in nearby Fareham on the South Coast of England.
Brett was prompted to consider the car by a LEAF-owning friend, who praised the car not just for its zero emissions and advanced technology, but also for its low running costs.
“He said he was saving a fortune. My wife wasn’t convinced initially but I ran through the finances with her – the low cost of maintenance, insurance, fuel and so on – and she softened a little.
“But when she used the car to make a 500-mile round trip, she was converted. The journey took a little longer than normal with a stop for a quick charge top-up on both legs… now she insists on using the LEAF a couple of days a week,” he added.
The LEAF is perfectly suited to Brett’s regular daily commute – a 50-mile round trip – and the Garner’s have had a Polar charging point installed at their home by British Gas.
“We have another conventional car at home but that only manages 25mpg so we use it sparingly as it costs so much to refuel,” he added.
The vehicle’s success confirms Nissan’s place as the world’s leading producer of pure electric vehicles and underlines its pioneering role in redefining the way we think about our future mobility.
Quite apart from its emission-free electric drivetrain, the Nissan LEAF bristles with innovative technology, including smartphone interconnectivity, and offers driving refinement and excitement in equal measures.
“Nissan LEAF is a pioneer in every sense and over the last three years has done a great deal to change attitudes towards electric vehicles – indeed some of the best Nissan LEAF ‘salespeople’ are our highly satisfied owners who praise the car whenever they can. We are confident the next 100,000 global sales will come even quicker,” said Cartier.