The Renault-Nissan alliance has reached a new milestone selling its 100,000th zero-emission vehicle.
The electric vehicles sold until now by the Renault-Nissan alliance have driven around 841 million kilometers, enough to circle the Earth at least 20,000 times, saved 53 million liters of oil and 124 million of CO2 emissions.
“The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100% committed to zero-emission technology for the long term.”
Renault-Nissan managed to sell more zero-emission vehicles than all the other car makers combined and the first EV, a Nissan LEAF from December 2010 was bought by engineer Olivier Chalouhi in California’s Silicon Valley. The 100,000th EV was purchased by Allison Howard, an American graduate student in Atlanta, Georgia.
“It just drives perfectly. It’s so cool. I love it!” said Howard. “The fact that it’s all electric and I don’t have to spend money on gas as a college student, that’s great.”
Until now, more than 71,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles have been sold globally, which would be more than half of the entire EVs sold in the world. In 2011 the model won several awards, such as the Car of the Year Japan, the World Car of the Year and the European Car of the Year.