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How Nissan’s Leaf is changing the world one electric car at a time – Greener Ideal

What’s the best-selling zero emissions electric vehicle (EV) in the world today at more than 50,000 units sold in 17 countries so far? Nissan Leaf. Yes, the hottest EV on the market and on roads everywhere from Norway to China toAustralia to Brazil is Nissan’s award-winning Leaf. Even Nissan has been surprised by the Leaf’s popularity as it ramps up production (in Smyrna, Tenn.) of its third-generation 2013 Leaf.

In fact, the 2013 Leaf recently took the top spot on Kelley Blue Book’s ( list of 10 Best Green Cars of 2013. The new pure electric Leaf was also awarded another big prize: a hard-to-get Top Safety Pick designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Want to know more about what makes Leaf so different and so popular around the world? Check out what Nissan has been doing lately to make Leaf the most wanted all-electric, zero emissions green vehicles on the planet today.

Norway and Nordic Countries
Nissan claims Norway has sold more Nissan Leaf vehicles per capita than another other country. In its first full year of sales in 2012, Nissan’s Leaf captured 1.7 percent of all vehicles sales in Norway with 2,298 Leafs registered by the end of 2012. And in Norway’s second largest town – Trondheim – the Leaf is the second best-selling car overall. Nissan has sold more than 3,300 Leafs in Norway since the vehicle’s introduction in late 2011.

Why Norway? Nissan says this Nordic country’s five million citizens are amongst the most environmentally aware in the world and “all have access to power created from renewable energy – hydroelectric plants generate 99 percent the country’s electricity, more than in any other country in the world.”

And just like in the USA, sales of Leaf have been boosted by government incentives such as zero value added tax (VAT) and no fees for toll roads, tunnels and ferries. Nissan Leaf drivers in Norway are also allowed to use bus lanes during rush-hour traffic as well as free parking at dedicated charging spots (also free!). Quick chargers — which allow a depleted battery to recharge as much as 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes — are also being added to Norway’s growing networking of EV charging stations at shopping centers, car parks and even McDonald’s restaurants.

Nissan says Norway currently has about 3,500 “publicly accessible AC normal chargers” and “65 publicly accessible DC quick chargers.” By the end of 2013, Nissan claims there will be “more than 200 DC quick chargers across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.”



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