Nissan Sells 100,000 Leaf Models; Car is Bestselling EV in History

Jan 20, 2014 11:19 AM EST | Jordan Ecarma


Nissan has sold 100,000 models of its Leaf electric car, citing the vehicle's style and reliability as top selling points.

Leaf model No. 99,999, which was ordered in Glacier White, went to Amy Eichenberger of Virginia, according to Green Car Reports.

The mother of two tried out a colleague's Leaf and was drawn to the car's performance, style and fuel efficiency, calling it "modern-looking, futuristic and progressive." 

Eichenberger, who is a project manager overseeing major capital investments for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, formerly drove a Mercedes-Benz and wasn't shopping for a new car at the time, said a Nissan press release.

"I'd been told once I drove a Mercedes I'd never drive anything else again. I don't need fancy, but I do appreciate the solid feel and craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle, and I get that in the Leaf," Eichenberger said in the press release.

The buyer of the 100,000th Leaf model, Dr. Brett Garner of the United Kingdom, was also looking for fuel efficiency when he bought the new car partly due to his wife's urging.

"The Nissan LEAF is perfect for everyday commuting, and there is no problem with charging it," Garner said as quoted by Green Car Reports. "It is ideal for the family as it is quiet and not tiring even on longer journeys, because there is no vibration. Above all, it is a fun to drive car!"

The Leaf, which launched in 2010 in the United States, is available in 35 countries worldwide. The bestselling electric vehicle in history, the Leaf has a 48 market share of the global EV market, said the press release.

Nissan announced pricing for the 2014 Nissan Leaf earlier this month; the car will start at $28,980. Leaf drivers have completed some 1 billion zero-emission kilometers, according to the company.

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