Nissan has announced it has made its 500,000th Leaf – the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle.
With the news coming on World EV Day, Nissan has confirmed it has reached the half a million mark, with the landmark car heading to an owner in Norway, one of the world’s leading electric vehicle markets.
The milestone was achieved at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, almost ten years after the original model went on sale. Nissan’s UK plant has built more than 175,000 Leaf models since production began in 2013.
Nissan has calculated that more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometres have been driven by Leaf owners since 2010, helping prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions.
Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure at Nissan Europe, said: “Consumers have seen what cleaner air and reduced noise pollution feel like during lockdowns. Now more than ever, they’re looking to take positive steps towards a more sustainable future and the Nissan Leaf contributes to this efforts.”