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A decade of EVolution with Nissan electric Leaf

Nissan debunks EV myths and misconceptions
Highlights the evolution of mass-market electric mobility
Unites electric tech with an engaging driving experience


PARIS, France – Adoption of and curiosity about electric vehicles continue to boom so the Japanese automaker has made plain how far its Leaf electric vehicle and the world of electrified driving has evolved through the years.

EV sales in Europe, Nissan says, are have enjoyed 132% year-on-year increases from July to September 2020, in line with people’s interest in battery cars.

”The Leaf,” Nissan says, ”is in its prime with more advanced technology and thrilling electrified power than ever before as it became more refined through the past decade.”

NISSAN LEAF: iImage: Supplied

Nissan, proud of its development record, has shed light on the cars’ journey with 10 insights that range from rewriting the EV rules book in 2010 to what it calls ”the thrilling, tech-packed, model of today”.

Helen Perry, head of electric cars at Nissan Europe, told The Corner in a media release: ”The journey of transformation with the Nissan Leaf represents the true innovation and advancements of our EV development.

“Customers continue to choose the Lear for its powerful and agile driving experience and advanced driving technologies – suchg as the e-Pedal. It’s the perfect balance of exciting, yet sustainable, mobility.”

So, here’s the list… in Nissan’s words.

1. Leaf achieved a number of ‘firsts’.

As the world’s first mass-market EV, the cars secured unprecedented achievements. In 2011, it was the first EV to win the European Car of the Year award in the 47-year history of the evaluations.

2. Leaf’s power has more than doubled

The Leaf’s battery capacity and range have increased by 160% and 120% respectively. These increases have ultimately boosted customers’ confidence on the road. Today, the Leaf has more than double the original power.

3. Leaf is about all new technologies

Leaf introduced unprecedented technology that helped drivers to optimise efficiency, including an e-Pedal for one-pedal driving, regenerative braking and EcoMode. The cars paved the way for future Nissan EVs, such as the new Nissan Ariya all-electric coupé crossover.

4. Since Leaf’s arrival, public charging infrastructure is growing fast

The number of public charging points increased hugely through LEAF’s life, from 2 379 in the EU in 2011, to 213 367 today. Nissan supports this infrastructure growth across Europe, having helped to expand 20 of the EU’s charging point ‘corridors’.

5. Leaf customers are happy drivers

92% of European Leafdrivers would recommend driving an EV to friends and family. With expert support offered by Nissan and at showrooms customers continue to feel satisfied and happy about owning and living with a Leaf.

6. Once you drive a Leaf you don’t lose the spark

As a result of all-round satisfaction with their electrified experience, 74% of Leaf owners say they are likely to purchase another EV in the future.

7. Electric mobility created new services for customers

As Leaf developed, so did a wider customer experience. This included the development of the Nissan Charge app that allows EV owners to monitor price and availability of charging points in real-time – including those at Nissan businesses.

8. Each Leaf’s life is very efficient

Electric cars such as the Leaf are highly efficient. From production to scrapping, they can generate only 20% of the CO2 produced by fossil-fuel engines. As its technology and design is refined, the sustainability of Leaf is increasing, helping to achieve a cleaner future.

9. Leaf batteries have more than one life

EV batteries can be repurposed and recycled. 148 batteries helped to create the world’s largest energy storage system at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018.

10. Leaf batteries are safe and reliable

Leaf batteries have proved to be extremely durable – no critical incidents reported to Nissan since its launch in 2010 and 180 000 units sold in Europe by 2020. Leaf comes with an industry-leading, eight-year or 160 000km battery warranty with an extremely low number of warranty claims.

The full Nissan Leaf 10 Insights can be viewed and downloaded here.

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