Nissan is celebrating yet another significant milestone for its popular LEAF electric car after 10,000 models have officially been sold in the UK since it came to market.
The news comes after the Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders (SMMT) released their latest sales data for the past month, with the LEAF establishing itself as Britain’s favourite electric car.
For the first half of this year alone, Nissan racked up a total of 2,964 LEAF sales in the UK, an increase of a whole 68.4 per cent over last year, taking the overall total number of sales to 10,161.
Britain’s favourite electric car
Of the total number of Nissan LEAF models sold, a staggering 51.7 per cent were sold last year alone, and mostly to private retail customers as the benefits of electric motoring become better known.
The SMMT’s data also shows that the LEAF outsold all other electric cars by a margin of more than two-to-one this year so far, commanding an impressive 63.3 per cent of the market share alone.
James Wright, Nissan UK’s managing director, said: “The UK’s electric vehicle market is growing at an extraordinary pace and while it may be too early to talk about tipping points, today’s achievement certainly indicates we’re well on our way.
“I am proud that the Nissan LEAF has played such a major role in changing perceptions of EV ownership and I am even prouder that the UK is now the number one market for LEAF sales in Europe.”
New Acenta+ trim
Nissan recently announced the introduction of a new trim option for the LEAF line-up, the Acenta+, in an effort to boost its appeal to buyers even further with a range of kit upgrades.
On sale now, with prices starting from £24,740, the Acenta+ trim adds larger 17-inch alloys and unique blue accents for the bodywork and interior, along with a new and more powerful charger.
In November last year, the Nissan LEAF broke another sales record after officially being named the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, having racked up 148,700 sales worldwide.
Available to buy now, prices for the LEAF currently start from £15,990 with a battery leasing deal and when taking the government’s £5,000 plug-in car grant into account.