Nissan Leaf tops Irish electric vehicles sales for first quarter of current year

Nissan Leaf, the top selling EV to date this year

Nissan Leaf, the top selling EV to date this year

Figures for the first half of the 191 sales period show that the Nissan Leaf is Ireland’s best selling electric vehicle, with 532 models registered.

The result underlines a massive surge in demand for the Nissan Leaf at a time when, according to SIMI figures, the number of electric car registrations in Ireland this year (1,437 ) have already surpassed the total number of EVs registered for the whole of 2018 (1,233 ).

Nissan has now sold four times as many Leaf cars as it did during the same sales period last year, with sales increasing from 105 units to 532 units year-on-year.

Speaking following the news, James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland, commented, “the demand for the Nissan Leaf throughout the first three months of the year has been astonishing. Motorists are making the switch to zero emissions EV driving and the Nissan Leaf is clearly their car of choice.

“The exceptional demand for Nissan Leaf is being driven by a number of factors. Customers recognise the value that driving Leaf offers but the spacious interior and ample boot space have made it easy for families to make the switch to EV and to continue to enjoy driving a car that meets all of their needs as a family.”

Nissan is also due to launch soon a new 62kWh Nissan Leaf model that delivers up to 385 kilometres of zero emissions driving on a single charge.

In addition to higher battery capacity, Nissan Ireland say that the new Leaf will continue to offer dynamic new styling and advanced technologies including ‘ProPilot’ and the Nissan ‘e-Pedal’ function, which allows drivers to start from a standstill, accelerate and brake and even bring the car to a controlled stop by using the throttle pedal.

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