Nissan sells 300,000 Leafs in 7 years, remains top selling of EV

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Nissan Leaf remains king of EVs

In spite of looking a little odd when it was introduced, the Nissan Leaf has become the world’s best-selling electric car, with over 300,000 of them flying showrooms since 2010.

The Leaf went far for itself by being the first really economical, mass-produced electric vehicle. At a time when other producers were merely dipping toes into the water with somewhat quickly developed electric versions of gasoline-powered cars, the Leaf was something completely new and different.

If you weren’t a hardcore electric vehicle geek in 2010, the Nissan Leaf seemed odd-looking, its range was less than excellent and it wasn’t precisely incredibly cheap, especially when compared with any of the reputable hybrids. For many years though, with more EVs hitting the market at nearly every cost, the Leaf has become a much more attractive choice, especially for the new EV owner.

During the last seven years, the Leaf has continued to sell good even in the face of much stiffer rivalry from companies such as Tesla, though in its price segment, the Leaf remains king. The 2018 model year sees the Leaf offered with more technology and a larger battery– 40 kWh, up from the outgoing car’s 30 kWh pack– finally dealing with people’s biggest complaint regarding the car.

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