Nissan has reported record European sales for its fleet of electric vehicles, including the Sunderland manufactured Nissan LEAF.
The Japanese company recorded a 45% increase in sales over the past financial year, selling around 7500 of its LEAF and NV200 models across the continent. In the UK alone, sales on Nissan electric vehicles were up 43%, with 2573 models sold over the course of the year.
Many sources have attributed the jump in sales to the vehicle usage of government organisations and public bodies throughout Europe, many of which have recently decided to adopt zero emissions fleets. Nissan reported that last year public companies in the UK bought around 350 of its electric vehicles.
Nissan Motor GB’s electric vehicle manager Karl Anders stated that “more and more local authorities and public sector organisations across the UK are turning to Nissan's market-leading electric vehicles to meet their fleet needs. Both the LEAF and e-NV200 can have a significant impact on reducing running and whole-life costs as well as well as helping organisations significantly cut their carbon emissions”.
The sales figures represent another positive for Nissan in the UK, after last month’s news that the company is pledging to invest £22million into its Wearside manufacturing plant.