The Renault-Nissan Alliance marked a milestone today by selling its 100,000th zero tailpipe emissions vehicle.
The figure counts global sales, which account for a higher volume of electric cars than all other major automaker combined. For Nissan, those are Leaf sales and while Renault offers the ZOE.
“The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here,” Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100 percent committed to zero-emission technology for the long term.”
Most of those sales come from Nissan, which reports delivering over 71,000 of its Leaf electric cars worldwide. U.S. sales make up more of those sales than anywhere else with about 31,000 units sold since the car debuted in 2010.
Nissan has enjoyed a relative sales boom with the Leaf this year after it announced during the Detroit Auto Show that the price would drop $6,400.
As Ghosn said, infrastructure development will play a key role in continued commercial success for electric cars. As more charging stations become available, the possibility of driving an electric car will seem palatable to more people.
Early this month, Nissan announced a plan to install charging stations at over 100 of its U.S. dealerships.
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