Nissan Commemorates 100,000 Leaf Sales in Japan by Ripping Its Top Off
May 26, 2018  James Gilboy

parked in a parking lot © Nissan 

Nissan announced Friday that sales of its Leaf electric vehicle exceeded
100,000 in the company's home market of Japan, which it celebrated with a
"zero-emissions forum" in Tokyo, attended by government officials and
company executives. At the event, the brand showcased a roofless Leaf
electric vehicle, which it calls the Leaf Open Car, derived from the design
of the new generation of Leaf that debuted in 2017.

"100,000 Nissan Leafs is just the beginning," stated Nissan's Executive Vice
President, Daniele Schillaci, in the company's release. "Nissan Leaf drivers
are incredibly loyal, and many will make their next vehicle purchase an EV
also. Together with our customers, we’re committed to moving toward a
zero-emission future."

"As electric vehicles continue to increase in popularity all over the world,
we have the opportunity to create the ideal future of a zero-emission
society," added Asako Hoshino, senior managing officer. "As an EV pioneer,
Nissan is committed to our electrification strategy, which reduces
a car parked on the side of a road © Provided by TIME Inc.

Nissan has big plans for its well-received Leaf EV, which passed 300,000
global sales in January, putting it still ahead of Tesla's reported 300,000
sale milestone in February. Nissan showed off a Nismo Leaf concept car in
October, which if produced could undercut the upcoming Tesla Model 3
Performance electric sports sedan by tens of thousands of dollars; the Tesla
will cost up to $78,000.

As for the Leaf Open Car, Nissan says it has no plans to mass-produce it. A
shame, as the world could use an affordable electric convertible—only the
BMW i8 Roadster and last-gen Tesla Roadster come closer to fitting the bill
at present. Maybe we'll just have to wait for the next-gen Tesla Roadster.
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