Nissan LEAF ushers in Autumn by outselling the competition 2-1
By Kyle Lindsay
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 15:30
The model’s practicality and low running costs are proving to be a big draw
September leads to record sales of the LEAF
The Nissan LEAF has proven to be the most popular pure electric vehicle in the UK since its launch, and this popularity has only increased last month with sales breaking national and European records in September.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the Nissan LEAF clocked up 851 sales during September – an improvement of 156% on the same month last year. This strong performance was not only a record for the UK, but represents the largest volume of Nissan LEAFs ever sold in one month in a European market.
Digging deeper into the stats also shows that the Nissan LEAF has sold more than double the volume of all other pure electric models combined in September, and also confirms that the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling pure electric car so far this year, achieving a 66% share of the market.
Paul O’Neill, EV Manager, Nissan Motor GB Limited said: ”Sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF continue to go from strength to strength and it’s no surprise that the vehicle that pioneered the EV sector in the UK continues to blaze the trail for the rest of its class. September’s result gives us a clear indication that motorists are beginning to recognise that switching to a Nissan LEAF is not a compromise but an opportunity.”
The number of Nissan-compatible rapid chargers available in the UK has now reached 366, with 170 of these installed at key motorway service stations along the Ecotricity Electric Highway. This means that almost 80% of motorway service stations across the country are covered, with over 95% planned by the end of the year.