More than 10.000 European customers have ordered the new Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf in black

Most of the 10.000 orders in Europe are for the 2.ZERO Edition launch edition. However, now that in an increasing number of countries it’s possible to order the new Leaf in all four trim-levels, orders will rise exponentially.


We have the press release below.


“Back in 2010, when the first-generation LEAF was introduced in Europe, most competitors were sceptical towards this Nissan innovation. They continued their focus mainly on internal combustion engine improvement.

Fast forward eight years. Consumersโ€™ understanding and appetite for electric vehicles has been transformed, with demand experiencing a five-fold increase since 2012. Now the vast majority of car brands are developing their own first-generation EVs.

At the same time Nissan has built upon the experiences and feedback of 83,000 LEAF drivers to develop a brand new vehicle.

That car โ€“ the all-new Nissan LEAF โ€“ has received unprecedented interest from customers since its European unveiling in October 2017. In two months, 10,000 have been ordered across the region and growth is expected to increase as the vehicle starts to hit showrooms from February 2018.

At the same point back in 2010, orders for the original LEAF could be counted in the hundreds as customers were presented with this new and exciting โ€“ but still unproven โ€“ technology.

Gareth Dunsmore, Director, Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe, commented: โ€œWe are delighted by the tangible customer interest we have received for the new LEAF as it confirms the leadership Nissan has in electric vehicles. However, the new LEAF is not just our new generation electric vehicle, but also the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in Europe.โ€

Since its global unveil in Japan in September, consumer interest and momentum for new LEAF has built steadily across Europe. In early October initial vehicle specifications and pre-sale pricing were released at Nissanโ€™s Futures 3.0 event in Oslo, Norway. Since then, customers have been able to place orders for new LEAF through their local Nissan retailer.

To date, customer interest in the new LEAF has been stimulated through positive media coverage. The car has been praised for the host of new innovations and technologies it brings, including Nissan ProPILOT driver assistance technology, and Nissan e-Pedal, which when activated allows the driver to reduce use of the brake pedal by up to 90%.


Impressively, the 10,000 customer orders have been taken without new LEAF being physically available in Nissan retailers for test drive, and without direct consumer advertising and promotion.

All European markets are now finalising their full model line-up and pricing for new LEAF as formal start of sales approaches.

Production of the new LEAF began earlier this month at Nissan Europeโ€™s manufacturing facility in Sunderland, UK, and is being ramped up to meet the high customer demand. First deliveries will start in early February 2018.”


Considering that in Europe, the Opel Ampera-e is a dead project and the Tesla Model 3 won’t come soon enough, the new Nissan Leaf won’t have any real alternatives in its first months of sales. Unlike what Hyundai did with the IONIQ EV, Nissan won’t miss this opportunity to produce and sell as many cars as possible until competition arrives.

First deliveries in Europe are scheduled for February.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

Nissan says thanks for your customers to VW, Tesla, Opel, Hyundai, etc with delayed product launches or limited availability, or smaller range…

4 years ago
Reply to  Yogurt

Well, let’s see how quickly Nissan manages to fill those orders first. Nothing in this article says anything about Nissan producing the Leaf in large enough qualities to keep up with demand.

4 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Fabb

new orders have already a delivery date of august 2018 in germany, at least for now

Marcel G
4 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Fabb

True, it’ll be very interesting to see if they can keep up. I think it is plausible that they will though, since they already apparently have the factory capacity to build 250K / year, which includes the battery manufacturing, I believe.

And this is while Hyundai is stuck at 2000/month of Ioniq EVs globally.

4 years ago

VW already removed Golf GTE from its website in UK as apparently they need to clear the backlog. I just hope that most customers who have been turned away do not buy their ICE but look for BEV or PHEV from someone else. Leaf anyone?

4 years ago

Leaf will write History like the Prius