Battle Of Electric Cars In Europe: Nissan Leaf Has Become A Best Seller

The launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf spurred more interest in the popular electric vehicle. Having overtaken Renault ZOE, the Japanese model became the best seller in Europe.

During 2018, the Europeans have already purchased 28,456 units of the Nissan Leaf. The last year leader Renault ZOE currently stands at 23,929 units, according to the data of the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO).

Interestingly, the new Leaf is much more expensive than the rather ordinary ZOE. For example, in Germany, the Japanese electric car costs from €32,000, the French one – from €22,000.

However, the Leaf is larger, better equipped and, most importantly, it received a new battery after a change of generations. It provides almost the same driving range (about 300-350 km) as the ZOE.

It is worth noting that the high sales of the Renault ZOE in Europe are due to consumer interest in France itself. Here, the share of the model accounts for more than half of sales in the EV segment.

If we talk about the European TOP 10, then this ranking, in addition to the Nissan Leaf and Renault ZOE, also includes the following electric cars:

  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • BMW i3
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric
  • Smart fortwo ED
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Smart forfour ED

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