As Nissan unveils its Global Green Program 2016, the company highlights the crucial role of electric vehicles in emissions reduction and protecting the cities environment and life quality.
Data collected by the carmaker revealed that the 41,100 pure electric Nissan LEAFs driven in Europe have already prevented the emission output of just under 50 million kilograms of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Based on current growth figures, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 2.5 billion vehicles in the world, far outstripping today's 1 billion. With CO2 emissions that are currently estimated at 600 million tons worldwide, transport will have an increasingly prominent role in shaping the future of global cities.
Figures from the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) suggest that putting 1,000 electric vehicles on a city's streets would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 kg and CO2 emissions by more than 2,000 tons per year.
Furthermore, it would also significantly reduce noise pollution levels, since the Nissan's zero-emission vehicles the LEAF and the e-NV200 make less noise than a 26-decibel ceiling fan.
Paul Willcox, chairman for Nissan Europe, said: "With our Global Green Program, Nissan is leading by example. In the last fiscal year, we proposed solutions to reduce CO2 emissions by 50,000 tons. It really is possible to put in place efficient and sustainable mobility models, which prevent pollutant emissions, protect the environment and also meet the individual, collective and business transport needs of today's society.
He added: "As a result, Europe's best-selling pure-electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF and the e-NV200, our zero-emissions van which can be used by a wide range of businesses, offers a fantastic option for people across Europe."