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World’s first mass-market electric vehicle celebrates 10th birthday.

Nissan marks a historic milestone this month as the Nissan Leaf which was the world's first mass-market all-electric vehicle, reaches its 10th birthday. During the last decade it has been driven by more than 180,000 EV enthusiasts from across Europe.

The combined LEAF fleet prevented a massive 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year, covering enough kilometres to drive around the earth 400,000 times.

Gianluca de Ficchy, Chairman of Nissan AMIEO, said: "With more than half a million LEAF sold globally, customers continue to embrace this pioneering electric vehicle. In celebrating how far we have come, we are pleased to highlight the impact our owners have made, leading us all towards a greener future. We are immensely proud of LEAF and our EV heritage and look forward to its innovative future."

Over the last decade the vehicles battery capacity, performance and efficiency improved throughout its lifetime, the Nissan LEAF has attracted a loyal driver community worldwide. Nissan estimate that LEAF Owners have collectively travelled approximately 16 billion clean air kilometres since its initial launch. Nissan point out that the total number of LEAF sold globally has successfully prevented 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from entering the environment and pointing out that this would take almost 100,000,000 trees to remove the same amount of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere if released directly. On average, The Nissan LEAF can regenerate 744 kWh of clean energy every year when driven 18,000 kilometres.

"As customer demand for EVs expands, and the need for them to be embedded into our daily lives increases, Nissan is committed to developing advanced electrified cars with technologies that help drivers feel more confident, connected and excited to join the EV revolution, said Arnaud Charpentier, Region Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO. He added: "Drawing on the fun to drive nature of LEAF and its rich heritage, Nissan is developing a growing line-up of advanced electrified cars."

Earlier this year in July, Nissan unveiled the all-electric crossover coupe Ariya. The Ariya embodies Nissan's strengths in electric vehicle development and features the latest in Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies and design. The Ariya is a key model in the company's NEXT Transformation plan, Nissan intends to sell 1 million electrified vehicles annually by 2023, including EVs and vehicles with e-POWER electrified powertrains.

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