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Nissan’s new Leaf charges up the sales charts

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 4:38pm

The all new 40kw 100 per cent Electric Nissan Leaf has charged ahead in the sales charts this July.

306 new Nissan Leafs were registered during the month which previously would have been close to the total number of electric vehicles (EV) sold in a full year. The July sales result brings the total number of Nissan Leafs here to date to over 2,700 units cementing Nissan’s dominance in the EV market.

Nissan said that the demand for the new Leaf is being driven by the fact that its range on a single charge has increased by 50 per cent to 378 kilometres (NEDC) and by a growing awareness that switching to a new Nissan Leaf can help them to save significantly on the cost of running their car.

Government incentives including the SEAI purchase grant of €5,000, the additional €7,000 SEAI grant for taxi drivers, the introduction of 0 per cent BIK on company vehicles, half price tolls and the environmental benefits of switching to a 100 per cent electric car are also playing a big role in influencing consumers, according to Nissan.

“This result for July is a real benchmark and provides huge encouragement for the future of electric vehicles in Ireland,” said James McCarthy, CEO, Nissan Ireland. “We have been advocates for electric driving over the last eight years and it’s fantastic to see people starting to make the switch in numbers now.”

“Consumers are conscientiously weighing up whether the car can save them money. Our Leaf customers have shown us that they are at least €1,350 a year better off for driving the 100 per cent electric Nissan Leaf,” said Mr McCarthy, “and no other drivetrain – petrol, diesel or hybrid, can come close to delivering that level of running cost savings.”

The all new Nissan Leaf offers a significant update over the previous model with a higher battery capacity, dynamic new styling and advanced technologies including ProPILOT and the Nissan e-Pedal function, which allows drivers to start from a standstill, accelerate and brake and even bring the car to a controlled stop by using the throttle pedal.

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