Nissan has recently released sales figures that firmly place their electric LEAF at the top of the green vehicle range.
According to the statistics published by Nissan, the LEAF now has nearly 33 percent of the EV passenger car market in Europe, selling an impressive 5,600 more units in 2013 than 2012, thereby cementing its position at the top of the best-selling electric vehicle range.
The company revealed that part of its success is due to strong sales in Norway where the LEAF is the third-most sold passenger car of the year. Norway has been leading development in green energy, building a complex EV infrastructure as well as providing government incentives in order to spur on electric vehicle market. As a result of this the sales in Norway went up 145 percent in January compared with the same time in 2012.
While Norway has been doing exceptionally well in providing for the electric market, the rest of Europe isn’t far behind with Nissan selling respectable numbers in places like Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and of course the United Kingdom.
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe commented on this achievement by saying: "January has been a fantastic start to 2014, a year when we will launch our second 100 percent electric model in Europe - the Nissan e-NV200 light commercial vehicle. Our most recent survey following the launch of the improved European-built Nissan LEAF shows that 97 percent of owners would recommend a Nissan LEAF to a friend, and we believe this, combined with a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure will bring further growth in 2014. We are moving from the early adopters to the early majority.”