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Nissan Leaf EV reaches 10,000 sales milestone in the UK

CAR manufacturer Nissan has sold more than 10,000 of its zero tailpipe emission Leaf electric cars in the UK, according to figures re- leased by the UK car in- dustry in early July.

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Nissan Leaf sales have reached more than 10,000 in the UK since the model’s launch in 2011. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Nissan sold 2,964 Leafs in the first half of 2015, which is an increase of 69.4% compared to the previous year.

And, announcing the milestone, Nissan said this brings total UK sales of its Leaf to 10,161 since its launch in 2011. The majority (51.7%) of these units were sold in the last 12 months and predomi- nantly to retail customers, as almost 71.2% of LEAFs are registered in the retail channel.

Nissan said that this “significant growth is reflected in the wider EV market as the benefits of switching to all-electric mobility become better known”.

The Nissan Leaf remains the biggest-selling purely-electric car in the UK – also where the vehicle is built – with SMMT data revealing that it outsold all other such models combined by more than two-to- one in the first half of 2015, commanding a market share of 63.3%.

Sales of the car have been assisted by the government offering grants of up to £5,000 towards the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle since 2011, although this grant scheme will come to an end once it has been used to purchase 50,000 electric vehicles.

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