Nissan Motor has reached a sales volume of 20,000 LEAF electric cars in its first year on the market. The electric vehicle with lithium commercially launched December 11, 2011 in the U.S.

The Nissan LEAF electric car is the first electric car that is sold in five continents. The unit responsible for Nissan’s Zero Emission, Hideaki Watanabe, said that the electric vehicle has won ten awards for best engine, despite being an electric car.

Nissan said that the electric car is already sold in 30 U.S. states and in Europe and stressed that its introduction in the market depends largely on partnerships with different companies and suppliers.

The company said it now has worldwide with over 100 partners, which include local governments and private firms to build the necessary infrastructure and to promote sustainable mobility.

Renault-Nissan aims to achieve a production volume of 1.5 million electric vehicles in 2016 and the company’s president, Carlos Ghosn, provides that this type of electric cars will represent 10% of the market in ten years.

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