One-off designed to celebrate sales milestone

The Nissan Leaf Open Car was unveiled recently in Tokyo, at a forum about building a zero-emission society.

Nissan created this special one-off vehicle to celebrate the Leaf's 100,000th sale in Japan. According to Carsalesbase, 118,524 Leafs have been sold in the US, and 92,025 in Europe.

To make the car, Nissan lopped the roof off a regular Leaf hatchback. There doesn't seem to be a roof mechanism for the vehicle, and the rear doors are welded shut, possibly to improve structural rigidity.

As the rear doors no longer function, the company has removed the front passenger seat to enable easy ingress and egress for rear passengers.

The rear seats have also been elevated substantially, which means the vehicle could be used to carry dignitaries or celebrities in parades and other events.

Nissan hasn't released any details about the Leaf Open Car, so we don't know if the changes have impacted the vehicle's performance or range.

Launched in 2017, the second-generation Leaf is powered by a 110kW/320Nm electric motor, and has a 40kWh battery pack good for around 400km of driving range under the Japanese cycle, or 243km according to the US EPA. The new Leaf has yet to go on sale in Australia.

The company says it "currently [has] no production plans" for the Leaf Open Car.