Nissan marks sale of 100,000th Leaf
22 Jan 2014 at 12:25
The 100,000th Nissan Leaf has rolled off the production line, just three years after the zero emissions electric car made its debut.
Hampshire-based dentist Brett Garner drove off with the milestone vehicle - a UK-built, top-of-the-range Nissan Leaf Tekna in white.
Nissan has marked the achievement with a one-off Leaf decorated in 50,000 UK two pence coins and 50,000 two cent coins from Europe. The coins represent the 100,000 sales milestone, but also demonstrate the Leaf's low running costs - £0.02 per mile and less than €0.02 per kilometre.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "It's great to see an electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf going from strength to strength.
"With the cost of motoring regularly topping the list of concerns in the RAC Report on Motoring, there are clearly savings in running costs to be had from making the switch to a lower carbon vehicle. The car is an essential part of everyday life in Britain and new low-carbon alternative vehicles offer great potential for making motoring more affordable in the longer term.
"Manufacturers, the Government and, indeed motoring organisations, are working to persuade motorists of the overall benefits of ultra-low-carbon vehicles, but it takes time to change people's attitudes and behaviours. Schemes such as the Government's Plug-In Car Grant are great incentives to encourage consumers to consider greener vehicles."
A specialist team of three people took seven days to create the coin-covered car, which is half covered in UK coins and half in euro cents, with the word Leaf spelled out using three layers of coins.
The coins are unlikely to make an appearance on regular models as they add a whopping 504kg to the weight of the car!
Guillaume Cartier, senior vice president sales and marketing, Nissan Europe, said: "For such a revolutionary car, to achieve this sales milestone in such a short space of time is a major achievement.
"Don't forget that when Nissan Leaf was launched in 2010, the charging infrastructure was in its infancy. But that didn't deter the pioneers who immediately appreciated the benefits of a purpose-designed electric vehicle."
Martins of Winchester, the Nissan dealer which sold the 100,000th Leaf to Mr Garner, has the coin-covered car on display at its showroom.
Copyright Press Association 2014