For the last three years, Renault Zoe was the best-selling EV in Europe, gaining the title from Nissan leaf. Now the latter wants the title back.

We pretty much knew, that second generation Nissan Leaf will, once it hits the market, become an instant success. After all, more than quarter of a million cars of the first generation were sold from 2011, when it hit the market. But only after four months of sale it has become the best-selling electric car in Europe, taking the crown from another car from Nissan-Renault alliance, Renault ZOE.

It only took four months of the year 218 for Leaf to pass the 10.000 sold cars milestone and by the end of April, Nissan has, according to EagleAID, already sold 11.441 cars, which is 48 percent more than within the same period of time last year.

Nevertheless, sales of electric cars are on the up. While there were only some 20.000 electric cars sold in April 2017, more than 30.000 were sold this year with substantial growth of sale even at other manufacturers. For instance, BMW so far this year sold 7,7 percent more i3s, than in the same period last year and is currently third best-selling electric car in Europe. Among top ten (beside Leaf, ZOE and i3) are also VW E-Golf, tesla Model S, Smart ED Tesla Model X, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul and Opel Ampera-E with some 1.000 cars sold from January until the end of April 2018.

June 12, 2018 Driving photo: Nissan

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