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Renault-Nissan is absolutely killing it in EV sales

The group has amassed 350,000 electric vehicle sales to date, most of which can be attributed to the Nissan Leaf.

Nissan sure is leaf-ing the competition behind.


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A number of folks claim to be the kings of the electric car. Chevrolet's on the verge of releasing its 2017 Bolt EV, and Tesla only sells EVs. But neither of these brands can hold a candle to the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which has sold more EVs than there are people in Iceland.

The group recently hit the milestone of 350,000 global EV sales, with the count starting in December 2010 after the release of the Nissan Leaf. In fact, the Leaf has accounted for more than 230,000 of those sales. Nissan claims this figure means humanity has avoided dumping about 455 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air. The US commanded the lion's share of those sales, with Japan and Europe just behind it.

Renault-Nissan also sold more than 100,000 EVs in a single year, yet another record. Renault alone just delivered its 100,000th electric car, which landed with a customer in Norway. The group claims that one out of every four European EVs is a Renault.

The Leaf is getting a little long in the tooth (it's almost six years old now), but Nissan's trying to keep it fresh by adding a more capacious battery. Renault expanded its Zoe's desirability by adding range and improving charge times, as well.

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