Nissan UK: Leaf Dominated EV Sales In 2013

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
nissan uk leaf dominated ev sales in 2013

Though consumers in the United Kingdom may not have been too interested in electric vehicles last year, Nissan says the majority of those sold belong to the automaker.

Just-Auto reports out of the 2,507 EVs sold in the U.K. in 2013, 73 percent — 1,830 — belonged to the Nissan Leaf. The automaker added that the nation’s EV market continues to be “well-supported” by incentives and breaks on taxes and congestion pricing.

Meanwhile, charging the Leafs continues to be made easier thanks to expansion of the charging network. In 2011, only 752 units were available along the roadway; today, 5,731 thus far. Fast-charging Chademo stations also are on the rise, beginning with 60 in 2013 and growing to 232 currently. Nissan expects 500 of the fast-charging stations to be available all over the country by 2015, with 90 percent of all service areas in possession of a Chademo.

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  • I can't believe that an EV less than half the price of a Model S would beat it in sales... Who'd have known???

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jun 20, 2014

    "Nissan says the majority of those sold belong to the automaker" This is true worldwide, not just in the U.K.

  • Nicholas Weaver Nicholas Weaver on Jun 20, 2014

    I do think they have an advantage of "there is no competitor": The compliance cars (Fit EV, 500e, etc) aren't sold in England and even if they were, they are no where near as good as a dedicated EV platform. The Tesla only started selling in England a couple weeks ago, and the i3 as well. And a large fraction of the i3's sold will be ReXs, because that's why you'd spend substantially more to get an i3 over a Leaf.

    • KixStart KixStart on Jun 22, 2014

      There's the Opel Ampera... has the Volt's 38 miles of EV range and then the range-extender feature.

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jun 20, 2014

    They'd have sold even more if it looked more like a VW Golf and less like a cancerous tadpole.