Being a pioneer, the Nissan Leaf isn’t the freshest electric car on the block. However, sales of the world’s best selling EV is still rising. European Leaf sales have gone up by 10% in the first half of the company’s 2016 financial year compared with the same period last year. The latest figures also reveal that there are now more than 75,000 Nissan EV owners in Europe.

This milestone follows the recent announcement that 260,000 Nissan EVs have been sold worldwide. Nissan says that its EV push have been further bolstered by strong e-NV200 sales year-to-date FY16 – up 34% year-on-year. The brand has extended its five-year warranty to include the all-electric light commercial vehicle.

“Europe’s electric vehicle market is growing at an extraordinary pace as motorists across the continent switch on to the multiple benefits that electric mobility provides,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director of EVs at Nissan Europe.


“As part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, it is our aim to offer customers around the world a safer and more sustainable future through our electric vehicle range including, the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200. By driving sales, we are encouraging increasing numbers of drivers to switch to EVs and ultimately, move towards to a zero-emission future,” he added.

It’s easier than ever to drive a Leaf in Europe. The car’s latest 30 kWh battery now offers 250 km (155 miles in the NEDC) in driving range and there are as many as 4,000 quick chargers installed across Europe. Nissan says that its customers across the globe have driven more than 2.5 billion electric miles.

Nissan has also unveiled the Leaf Black Edition. Based on the existing Acenta grade, the Black Edition offers 16-inch black alloys, LED headlamps, illuminated entry guards, privacy glass, black door mirror caps and a black rear roof spoiler. Blue-stitched mats are offered inside. The NissanConnect EV telematics system and Around View Monitor are standard.

The limited edition model is on sale in Europe for a restricted production run from March 2017 up until August 2017 (Leaf is made in the Sunderland, UK), with the first 1,000 customers receiving a free WiFi hotspot.