Japanese carmaker Nissan recently announced that it had sold over one million battery electric vehicles globally since the Leaf launched in 2010.
It has taken rather longer than Nissan’s then CEO, Carlos Ghosn, forecast; he expected the company to sell 500,000 BEVs by 2013.
There have been relatively even numbers of Nissan EVs sold in the major markets, Europe on top with 320,000 units, followed by China and Japan on 230,000 each, and North America retailing 210,000.
The top-selling model is the Leaf which is now available in 50 markets. Over 650,000 units have sold since its debut, with half a million moved between 2010 and 2020.
The remainder comprised sales of the e-NV200 van, Nissan Ariya, the Sakura kei car and another electric van.
The company is aiming to have 19 all-electric models on sale by 2030, and is hoping to offer vehicles with solid state batteries by 2028.