On January 26, Nissan Europe announced its results of electric vehicle (EV) sales in Europe for the 2015 fiscal year (April 2015 â€“ March 2016). According to these results, overall sales grew by a significant 45% from the previous year to approximately 7,500 units, resulting in a surplus for the fourth consecutive year.
Nissan introduced its EVs for the first time in Europe with the release of their Leaf in March 2011. Though it was only available in a few countries initially, Nissan has expanded its sales region to all of Europe. In July 2013, Nissan released a significantly updated version of the Leaf for which production was transferred locally to its UK plant. Due to reasons including lower prices, the Leaf has been a popular selling model so far.
The second EV model introduced by Nissan to the European market was the e-NV200 commercial car. In fiscal 2015, the Leaf and e-NV200 combined for approximately 7,500 units in European sales. This was a substantial increase of 45% from the year before.
The recently updated Nissan Leaf features an expanded 30kWh rechargeable battery that offers a cruising range of 250km on a single recharge.
Nissan Europeâ€™s EV Divisional General Manager, Gareth Dunsmore said, â€œWe are extremely happy to see the steady growth in demand for Nissanâ€™s electric vehicles.â€