Nissan LEAF History

Nissan LEAF History

Nissan LEAF History


Nissan launched its first electric vehicle in 1947, but none of them until the LEAF were truly created for mass production. The Nissan LEAF was created to bring sustainability to the masses through its revolutionary plug-in powertrain, and the compact five-door hatchback continues to do so with sales that have increased annually since its 2010 debut.

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Early History

Sales of the Nissan LEAF began in Japan and the United States in December 2010 before the LEAF went on sale in Europe and Canada in 2011. The LEAF was a pioneer and quickly became the world’s best-selling all-electric car.

Initially all models sold in the US were produced at Nissan’s Oppama, Japan, facility, but in January 2013, production of the LEAF for commercial use in America was switched to the Smyrna, Tennessee, manufacturing plant.

Recent History

The Nissan LEAF is now being sold in more than 35 countries with the leading market being the US. Nissan recently reached a major milestone when the Japanese automaker sold its 100,000th LEAF, which accounts for 45 percent of all electric vehicles sold since 2010.

New technology, including a rearview camera and voice command technology, has been added recently to attract more new buyers.


  • 2010 Green Car Vision Award
  • 2011 European Car of the Year
  • 2011 World Car of the Year
  • 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan

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