20,000th Nissan LEAF delivered in UK as model receives best green car award

As Nissan LEAF charged past the milestone of 20,000 sales in the UK, owners of the best-selling electric car have heaped praise on the model in the 2017 Driver Power survey.

The Nissan LEAF was awarded Best Green Car overall and also came top in the Best Engine and Gearbox and Best MPG and Running Costs awards categories in the Driver Power survey.

Driver Power is the UK’s biggest and most in-depth car satisfaction survey, with seven surveys covering the different phases of vehicle ownership. There also nine Judging Category awards split into satisfaction categories.

The Driver Power results came as Nissan in the U.K. confirmed it had sold its 20,000th Nissan LEAF. Buyers Diane and Chris Ray of Hollesley in Suffolk, took home a range-topping 30kWh LEAF Tekna from local dealer Hammond Nissan.

Proud owner Diane takes delivery of her 2nd Nissan LEAF
Proud owner Diane takes delivery of her 2nd Nissan LEAF

It is the couple’s second Nissan LEAF – replacing a two-year-old 24kWh model – and it was the only car on their shopping list when the time came for a replacement.

Diane, who runs a holiday let business, said:

“I love the LEAF. It does everything I want from a car and is beautiful to drive.

When the time came to replace mine I didn’t look at anything else. I only wanted another LEAF but this time with the bigger battery.

It was a real surprise to find out I was the 20,000th LEAF customer but it’s so encouraging to see more and more people switching to all-electric cars and exciting to know I’m a part of that story.”

 

Nissan has formally confirmed a new LEAF model will be unveiled in September. The latest version will be equipped with ProPILOT technology, enabling autonomous drive functionality for single-lane highway driving.  Nissan released a teaser photo of the new model’s headlight stating “Amazing things are worth waiting for”.

New Nissan LEAF headlight
New LEAF teaser photo released earlier this year

Edward Jones, EV Manager at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. said;

“Hitting the 20,000 sales milestone is further proof that the electric revolution is taking hold here in the UK. We’ve seen more demand for LEAF in the past 12 months than we had in the first 3.5 years of the car being on sale and the number of customers who go on to buy another LEAF is also significantly higher than the industry average. With the new model on the horizon, this growing demand is only set to gain pace.”

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