Nissan LEAF Drivers Cover More Miles Than the Average Petrol(Gas) or Diesel Vehicle

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Today, Nissan reveals that European owners of its 100 percent electric car, the Nissan LEAF, travel more than 50 percent further per year (10,307 miles) than the European average for a traditional internal combustion-powered vehicle (6,721 miles1).

Spanish Nissan LEAF drivers come out on top, covering on average more than 228 miles each week, Swedish drivers (211 miles) come second and the UK third with 201 miles.


Total Miles Recorded Per Week

Total Miles Recorded Per
Annum (LEAF)


According to the latest figures, drivers of traditional petrol or diesel powered cars covered an average of 129 miles per week.

Thanks to the CarWings telemetry in the LEAF, which records real life driver data, Nissan has been able to report that its European drivers amass on average 198 miles a week in their LEAF* all without any exhaust emissions.

Further research from the automaker indicated that 89 percent of LEAF drivers charge overnight at home, benefiting from a cost per mile of just two pence (3 cents U.S.) or less.

This insight into LEAF driver habits, comes just four years since the car’s launch, in 2010, as one of the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicles. It is now the best-selling electric vehicle in history, with over 150,000 LEAF vehicles sold globally, more than 31,000 of which have been sold in Europe. The launch follows on from the success of the Nissan LEAF, its all-electric car, which has collectively clocked up an impressive one billion kilometres worldwide*.

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan in Europe, said: “Since the beginning we have said that the Nissan LEAF is much more than just a city car or second car and now we can show the data that proves this. Our customers frequently tell us that they buy the Nissan LEAF as a second car, but end up using it far more than their other vehicle and the information we receive from CarWings reinforces that message.

“The customers tell us this is because the car has very low fuel and servicing costs and that along with the smooth, almost silent ride of the Nissan LEAF make it difficult to go back to a diesel or petrol car.”

Nissan recently added to its all-electric line-up with the launch of the e-NV200, a zero-emission, compact city van. For further information, please visit:

* Totals based on Nissan’s Global Data Center (GDC) as of 30.09.2014 (UTC). The average is gathered only from Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings, approximately 54% of total sales. Data used is from 01.04.14 – 30.09.14.

1 Average is calculated from 2013 market specific annual average statistics using data from the UK, France, Spain Italy, Sweden and Norway. An even weighting was applied to each country to find a ‘European Average’. A German statistic was not used in the European average as the raw data is not available and all average kilometre figures quoted are estimates.

UK Average (km)8,391
France Average (km)12,699
Spain Average (km)9,928
Italy Average (km)9,560
Sweden Average (km)11,660
Norway Average (km)12,670
European Average (km)10,818.00

Data was collected from 1st April – 30th September 2014. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all LEAF drivers in each country (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Nordics). An even weighting was applied to each country to find a ‘European Average’.

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