Since its launch in 2010, the Nissan Leaf has sold more than 300,000 examples in various markets around the world. This makes it the most sough-after zero-emissions vehicle to date. Yet Nissan is not content with this and wants to sell more Leafs (yes, that’s its plural) in more countries worldwide.
The Japanese carmaker made the announcement at the Nissan Futures, a three-day gathering of industry experts, government leaders and other stakeholders to discuss issues like vehicle electrification and driving technologies. With the theme, The Future of Mobility—Electrification and Beyond, Nissan hopes to create a sustainable motoring future.
At the event, Nissan revealed that it will be rolling out its fully-electric Leaf in seven markets in Asia and Oceania. These include Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Apart from these countries, the Leaf could make its way to Indonesia and the Philippines. Its arrival, however, depends on market demand, Nissan said.
Last September, Nissan unveiled the second-generation Leaf. This stylish pure electric vehicle packs a more potent electric motor with a longer driving range and faster charging times. It likewise features smart technologies such as the e–Pedal that allows one pedal control of the vehicle. Apart from this, the new Nissan Leaf also boasts Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility systems that aim to change the way people move around by “changing how cars move around, drive, and are integrated with each other”.
Expect to see the new Nissan Leaf in the said markets within the year. As for our own neck of the woods, Nissan officials say that it would only be a question of when. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.