Sales of the Nissan Leaf have jumped by 15 per cent over the past 12 months, thanks to strong demand across the USA, Japan and Europe.
Nissan shifted more than 50,000 units worldwide – 54,541 to be precise – in the Japanese FY2017, eclipsing the 42,473 sold in the same period (April 1 - March 31, Japanese financial year) across 2016 and 2017.
That takes the total number of Leafs sold to more than 320,000 worldwide since its launch in 2010. The second-generation model launched late last year with improved range and sharper looks, and is set to touch down in Australia late-2018 or early-2019.
Beyond the Leaf, sales of Nissan's electric vehicles are up 10 per cent.
“The unprecedented response to the most advanced electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, contributed significantly to the robust growth of Nissan in 2017."
“The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world, with the widest reach and the greatest availability. We expect its continuous leadership in 2018,” Schillaci added.
Although global demand for electric vehicles is climbing, the Australian market has remained decidedly anti-EV. There are signs change is coming, however, with a range of more affordable battery-electric vehicles like the Leaf and Hyundai Kona Electric headed our way.
The Australian Federal Government has shown little interest in subsidising the technology, but state governments are pushing the change on a smaller scale.
The ACT Government last week announced plans to lease only zero-emissions fleet passenger cars by 2021, while the South Australian government pledged to waive stamp duty and rego on electric vehicles... before losing the election.