THE Sunderland-built electric Nissan Leaf has seen sales rocket in the last year.
The Leaf is the UK’s most popular pure electric vehicle, with sales breaking national and European records in September.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the Leaf clocked up 851 sales during September, up 156 per cent on the same month last year and smashing March’s previous record of 630.
Sales this year have already far exceeded 2013’s total, with 2,969 sold in 2014, compared to 1,812 last year.
The Leaf, which has been built on Wearside since March 2013, sold more than twice as many new cars as all other pure electric models combined in the UK last month, securing a 72 per cent share of the market, and is the best-selling pure electric car so far this year, achieving a 68 per cent market share.
Paul O’Neill, Nissan Motor GB Limited’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Manager, said: “Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf continue to go from strength to strength and it’s no surprise that the vehicle that pioneered the EV sector in the UK continues to blaze the trail for the rest of its class,” he said.
“September’s result gives us a clear indication that motorists are beginning to recognise that switching to a Nissan Leaf is not a compromise but an opportunity.
“With a performance that matches many of its traditionally-powered competitors and the availability of charging infrastructure accelerating, the Leaf truly is a compelling choice and we fully expect to see sales continue to flourish.”
The number of Nissan-compatible rapid chargers available in the UK has now reached 366, with 170 of these installed at key motorway service stations along the Ecotricity Electric Highway, a nationwide network which extends from Perth in the north to Southampton on the South Coast.
Almost 80 per cent of motorway service stations across the country are covered, with more than 95 per cent due to be on-line by the end of the year, and the service operating on a free-to-use basis for the foreseeable future.
For more information about Ecotricity’s Electric Highway, visit: http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/for-the-road/our-electric-highway