Nissan hits record with sales of the Leaf electric car

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the Nissan Leaf clocked up 851 sales during September

Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire Nissan Leaf production line
Nissan Leaf production line

Nissan has been heartened by record sales of the Sunderland-made Leaf electric vehicle in September.

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the Leaf clocked up 851 sales during September, more than double the 332 sold in August and beating the previous record of 630 in March.

Nissan has so far sold 2,969 Leafs in 2014, beating the 1,812 it shipped in the whole of last year.

The model is the highest selling pure electric car in the UK and now has a 66% share of the market, Nissan said.

Paul O’Neill, EV manager at Nissan Motor GB Ltd, 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.

“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.”

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