But it's no longer the world's best-selling EV.
The Nissan Leaf may no longer be the world's best-selling electric car after it was overtaken by the Tesla Model 3, but Nissan still has cause for celebration. It will always be remembered as the world's first mass-market fully electric car, and now the 500,000th Nissan Leaf has rolled off the production line.
Finished in red, the milestone Leaf was built at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England nearly a decade after the original model launched. It was delivered to its new owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway, just in time for World EV day.
"My husband and I chose to buy a Nissan Leaf back in 2018, and we loved it," Jansen said. "We're very excited to become the proud owners of the 500,000th Nissan Leaf. This car really meets our needs with extended range and enhanced technologies."
Since production began in 2010, Leaf owners have driven more than 9.8 billion clean-air miles according to Nissan, and helped prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions. Starting at $31,600, the Nissan Leaf is offered with two configurations. In the base model, the electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a single-speed transmission.
While a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery provides an EPA-rated range of 149 miles, upgrading to the Plus version increases the output to 214 hp and 250 lb-ft, while the larger 62 kWh battery enables the Leaf to last 226 miles on a single charge. Using a Quick Charge station, the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in less than one hour.
Nissan's second EV will be the Ariya, a stylish electric SUV launching in 2021 with up to 388 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, an estimated electric range of up to 300 miles, and a $40,000 price tag.