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Nissan toasts production of 500,000th LEAF at Washington plant

NISSAN has celebrated a major milestone in electric vehicle production as it toasts the 500,000th LEAF to roll off its assembly lines.

In recognition of World Electric Vehicle day, the Japanese firm marked a total of half a million LEAFs manufactured globally as the world’s first mass-market, 100 per cent electric car.

The milestone was celebrated at Nissan’s plant in Washington, almost a decade after the model first went on sale, where more than 175,000 of the models have been built since production began in 2013.

A multiple award-winner including Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, World Car of the Year 2011, and Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012, the LEAF continues to set a standard for utilitarian electric vehicles – including with the 500,000th LEAF owner Maria Jansen of Norway.

“My husband and I chose to buy a Nissan LEAF back in 2018, and we loved it,” Jansen said. “We’re very excited to become the proud owners of the 500,000th Nissan LEAF.

“This car really meets our needs with extended range and enhanced technologies.”

With nearly 9.2 billion clean-air miles driven since 2010, LEAF owners around the world have helped prevent more than 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

During recent lockdowns, research demonstrated that air quality improved around the world due to a decrease in CO2-emitting activities. In Europe, studies show 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.”