Nissan celebrates manufacture of 50,000th Leaf

Nissan has announced that it has manufactured 50,000 Leaf electric vehicles (EVs) since introducing the model to Europe three years ago, reports CarDealer magazine.

The feat, which was completed at Nissan’s major car manufacturing plant in Sunderland, marks the fist time a European carmaker has made 50,000 EVs, including the batteries that power them.

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The Nissan Leaf model is currently exported to 23 countries around the world, covering diverse locations in Europe, Asia and South America. The Nissan plant in Sunderland was official opened by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2013 and created around 2,000 new UK jobs.

The extended-range Nissan Leaf, which can travel up to around 250 kilometres between charges, has recently been introduced in Europe. Furthermore, Nissan recently announced that its next-generation of high-performance batteries are slated to be manufactured in Sunderland, bringing an extra £26.5 million in investments to the North East of England city.

Paul Willcox, the chairman of Nissan in Europe, said of the news: “What Nissan is doing today with electric vehicle (EV) technology is more advanced than any other car manufacturer.

“This milestone is another first for Nissan and for our team in Sunderland. No other brand has Nissan’s experience or expertise in both battery and vehicle production, and I’m thrilled that over 50,000 customers in Europe share our vision for a zero-emission future.”