Nissan announced today that 100,000 all-electric Leaf vehicles have been sold around the world. The Japanese automaker took some time to tell the tales of those who bought the 99,999 and 100k units, with their purchases taking place in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively.
For the 99,999 Leaf leaving a Nissan dealership, one Amy Eichenberger of Charlottesville, Virginia, was the buyer. A 47-year-old mother of two and architect, she said she wasn’t even initially in the market for a new car. She had seen a colleague of hers however driving a Leaf and decided she wanted to know more about the “modern-looking, futuristic and progressive” car.
The Leaf was the first car Eichenberger test drove, and she enjoyed the “zip” she found driving it. She was previously a Mercedes driver, so this was quite a switch for her. “I’d been told once I drove a Mercedes I’d never drive anything else again. I don’t need fancy, but I do appreciate the solid feel and craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle, and I get that in the Leaf,” she said.
In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, the 100,000 Leaf went to Dr. Brett Garner, the owner of a dental practice in Fareham. He chose the car because he was very interested in its running costs with things such as maintenance, insurance and charging, plus his wife had experience driving a borrowed Leaf for a bit. She was “converted” and thus brought her husband’s interest along as well.
The Nissan Leaf, since debuting in December, 2010, is now available in 35 countries on four continents.