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Nissan marks electric LEAF production milestone
The 500,000th Nissan LEAF has been built at the firm’s site in Sunderland, almost a decade after the model first went on sale.
Introduced in 2010 as the world’s first mass-market 100% electric car, the milestone vehicle was delivered to an owner in Norway.
With half a million LEAF built globally, the Nissan Sunderland plant has built more than 175,000 LEAF cars, since it began producing the model in 2013.
The LEAF offers customers advanced technologies to enhance safety, comfort and control on the road. These include the ProPILOT – a “hands-on, eyes-on” system that allows the car to stop, restart and stay centered in its lane – and e-Pedal technology for one-pedal driving.
According to Nissan, more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometers have been driven since 2010, helping to prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions.
During recent lockdowns, air quality has improved around the world due to a decrease in CO2-emitting activities.
Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure at Nissan Europe, said: “Consumers have seen what cleaner air and reduced noise pollution feel like during lockdowns. Now more than ever, they’re looking to take positive steps towards a more sustainable future and the Nissan LEAF contributes to these efforts.”