Tesla Model S drivers put way more miles on their cars than Nissan Leaf owners do (we think)

California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier

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Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.

The billion kilometers have been split among the 147,000 Leaf vehicles that Nissan has sold. Well, not really, since the billion kilometer total only counts Leaf EVs registered with CarWings, which Nissan says is 54 percent of the total sales. That's 79,380 cars and results in an average – and it's only a rough average, but what're you gonna do? – of 12,597 miles per car. Let's keep that number in mind for a minute.

Today, despite going on sale a year and a half after the Leaf ( June 2012 versus late 2010), Tesla Motors Tweeted today that Model S drivers have hit the same numerical milestone. Tesla didn't say how many of its vehicles were involved in its count, but we think that Tesla has sold at least 50,000 Model S electric vehicles globally (about 2,650 in 2012, 22,450 in 2013, 21,821 for 2014 through the end of September), so we'll estimate a rough average for each Model S of 20,000 miles. So, in case anyone ever needs numeric proof that a Model S is more fun to drive than a Leaf – that's the only possible thing this could mean, right? *ahem, longer range* – now you've got the data. {C}

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Nissan says "thanks a billion" to LEAF owners

Nissan LEAF drivers registered on CarWings telematics have collectively driven ONE BILLION KILOMETERS worldwide*
Globally, Nissan LEAF drivers have saved more than 180 MILLION kilograms of CO₂ emissions*
Over 147,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles have been sold globally to date

ROLLE, Switzerland – Nissan has revealed that owners of the LEAF, its 100% electric car, have collectively recorded an impressive one billion kilometers on the CarWings telematics system worldwide – saving over 180 million kilograms of CO₂ emissions* in the process.

This incredible achievement comes almost four years since the LEAF was launched in 2010 as one of the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicles. It is now the best-selling electric vehicle in history, with over 147,000 LEAF vehicles sold globally to date, 31,000 of which have been sold in Europe.

Thanks to the innovative CarWings telemetry used in the LEAF, Nissan has been able to keep an accurate log of the total distance covered by every LEAF registered with CarWings since the car's launch. Nissan has been recording the kilometers on an online counter and actively involving owners in the count with a series of celebratory videos.

"Our aim was to see Nissan LEAF owners registered with our innovative CarWings system amass one billion kilometers by January 2015, and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have achieved this landmark milestone earlier than anticipated," said Paul Willcox, Chairman for Nissan in Europe. "We would like to thank every single Nissan LEAF owner for helping us in reaching this world-first. The Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market family electric vehicle ever built, and the owner satisfaction scores are the best in the Nissan range. This huge distance landmark shows that many of our customers are rapidly clocking up kilometers as they enjoy the benefits of quiet, emission free driving."

This extraordinary accomplishment reflects the success of the LEAF and is testament to the company's on-going leadership in the electric vehicle market. Nissan continues to maintain its position at the forefront of the field, having launched its second 100% electric vehicle, the e-NV200 – a Zero Emission, compact city van – in Europe.

*Totals based on Nissan's Global Data Center (GDC) as of 30.09.2014 (UTC). The distance and CO₂ is gathered only from Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings, approximately 54% of total sales globally.

About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world's most popular Electric Vehicle with 97% performance satisfaction and 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with approximately 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

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