Nissan's successful electric car LEAF is also in the second introduced in 2017 very popular: With more than 40,000 units, the compact Japanese last year was the best-selling electric car in Europe, the manufacturer said.
From January to December 2018, 40,699 customers had opted for the Nissan LEAF. The largest and most important single market was Norway with 12,303 units sold – no other electric car has sold there more often. According to the Kraftfahrt Bundesamt, 36,062 electric cars were newly registered in Germany in 2018, an increase of 43.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. The LEAF accounted for 2380 units.
This year, Nissan offers the LEAF in two new variants: The LEAF 3.ZERO, which is based on the top equipment Tekna, costs from 40,300 euros and has various infotainment and connectivity functions as well as additional personalization options. The new top model 3.ZERO e +, which can be ordered from € 46,500, will be delivered with an electric motor boosted to 160 kW (217 hp) and a large 62 kWh battery. The range indicates Nissan here with up to 385 kilometers to WLTP standard.
"These latest announcements give us confidence in the 2019 E-pallet. The Nissan LEAF continues to be the number one choice for e-car buyers in Europe despite the growing number of competitors, underscoring its role as an icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility," said Nissan. "The model range is now stronger than ever. We look forward to more new customers in the coming months. "
According to Nissan, the LEAF remains the best-selling electric car in the world: Since its market launch in 2010, it has sold more than 380,000 units. The most popular electric car in Germany is currently the small car ZOE of Nissan partner Renault with over 6000 registrations last year.