Nissan LEAF electric car reaches a major milestone as the 99,999th and 100,000th units are sold in the U.S. and the UK, respectively. That number may not be very big for a car, but it is certainly a remarkable achievement for an electric one that’s been on sale for just three years.
Despite what Nissan keeps saying, the LEAF – and indeed any other plug-in electric cars with the exception of the super expensive Tesla Model S – is not stylish, convenient, and cool. It has limited range, it looks rubbish, and every time it’s out of juice you are in for a long, long wait until it can get going again. What’s more, Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles will soon consign plug-in EVs to the history books, so its future is in jeopardy as well.
But the reason Nissan LEAF is selling so well is because it is one of the very few options for those who want to go green right now. It offers a tempting package of hatchback practicality, superb build quality, and good customer support.
The 99,999th LEAF was bought by a 47-year-old mother of two from Virginia, and the 100,000th milestone car by a British couple from Hampshire. To celebrate the sales achievement, Nissan has produced a unique version of Nissan LEAF with 100,000 very special optional extras, representing each sale. The car is decorated in 50,000 two pence Sterling coins from the UK and 50,000 two cent Euro coins from Europe. The choice of coins reflect how cost efficient Nissan LEAF is to run – just £0.02 per mile and less than €0.02 per kilometre.