London, UK, 19 December 2016: Nissan’s all-electric range, comprising the LEAF and e-NV200 LCV, are continuing to dominate their respective segments with strong sales performances this November.
Customer demand for the LEAF ensured the model remained the UK’s best-selling 100% electric vehicle in November, with a share of 47.3% - up 30.4% on the same month in 2015. The next best-seller was the Tesla Model S with a 19.9% share.
In fact, LEAF sales last month were over double that of last year (+115%), which made it the fastest growing model in the competitive C-segment in November.
Nissan’s e-NV200 also remains the UK’s best-selling electric van, accounting for more than three in four (75.4%) of electric LCV sales in November.
Edward Jones, EV Manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., said; ‘The economic and environmental benefits of EV ownership are becoming increasingly attractive to drivers and we’re seeing that convert directly into demand for Nissan’s EV models.
With driving costs around 85% less than petrol or diesel cars; maintenance around 75% cheaper; free Congestion charge and free parking in some cities, not to mention convenient home charging, it’s hardly surprising many are making the switch.’
EV owners are also not concerned about driving up high mileages in their vehicles. Owners of the Nissan LEAF travel more than 50 percent further per year (10,307 miles) than the European average for a petrol/diesel vehicle (6,721 miles) and 30 percent further than the UK average (7,900 miles*).
Jones continued; ‘We’re also seeing increased consumer awareness and interest in new technologies entering the market to accompany electric vehicles, such as Vehicle To Grid (V2G). This innovative system, under our Intelligent Mobility platform, will let users power their homes during peak periods with the remaining charge in their EV’s battery, then recharge their EV using cheaper off-peak electricity tariffs. Or sell the power back to the grid to generate revenue from their car.
As the first manufacturer to introduce a mass-produced electric vehicle, and with more EV sales than any other car brand worldwide, it’s right Nissan should continue to lead the EV charge and further integrate EV technology into the infrastructure and society. With a spike in other manufacturers now getting behind 100% electric power, 2017 could be the year of the electric vehicle.’
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Notes to Editors
About Nissan in the UK
- Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Note and Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
- Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
- Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than eight million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 100 markets worldwide
- Total investment made and announced since then is over £3.6 billion
- 476,589 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2015
- In 2015, one in three cars built in the UK was a Nissan.
- Sunderland Plant currently employs more than 6,700 people
- Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 65 people
- Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 1,000 people
- Nissan’s sales and marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire employs around 190 people
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan recently announced its Intelligent Mobility vision. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.