Nissan has marked the production of the 500,000th Leaf as it celebrates World EV Day.
Already delivered to a customer in Norway, the milestone vehicle was produced at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale. The plant has built more than 175,000 Leaf cars since it began producing the model in 2013.
Since its global arrival in 2010, the Nissan Leaf has enabled more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometres to be driven, helping to prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions.
Its zero-emission status is now more pertinent than ever; during recent lockdowns, air quality improved around the world due to a decrease in CO2-emitting activities and studies in Europe have shown that 68% of people support measures to prevent a return to previous levels of air pollution.
“Consumers have seen what cleaner air and reduced noise pollution feel like during lockdowns,” said Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure at Nissan Europe. “Now more than ever, they’re looking to take positive steps towards a more sustainable future and the Nissan Leaf contributes to this efforts.”