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Nissan: 70 years of electric experience

Both innovative and relentless, Nissan's seven-decade electric journey has spawned weird and wonderful, futuristic and incredibly successful. We take a look...

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Driven by a rich heritage of engineering innovation, Nissan has been honing its electric car formula since 1947 – continually setting the pace for range and efficiency.

In 2020, Nissan celebrated the 10th anniversary of the all-electric family-friendly Nissan LEAF. With the launch of the 87kWh 310-mile (WLTP)[1] Nissan ARIYA SUV on the horizon, this is the perfect time to look back through Nissan’s electric history.

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Nissan electric history

1947 TAMA

The Tama marked the start of Nissan’s electric journey – an innovative urban-friendly car, with a 21mph speed and 40-mile electric range.

1970 315X

This tiny two-seat commuter concept featured a regenerative braking system to store the energy that is normally lost while decelerating – an idea still used on Nissan electric cars today, albeit now much more refined and efficient.


The first electric car to use an induction motor and a two-speed electromagnetic transmission. It could achieve a range of 100 miles at a constant speed of 25mph.

1995 FEV II

FEV stood for ‘future of electric vehicle’. It was the first Nissan EV concept to use lithium-ion batteries – a high-density, reduced-weight solution that paved the way for the next-gen batteries used in today’s Nissan electric cars.

Nissan electric history

2008 NUVU

The NUVU concept offered a preview of the Nissan LEAF. Sporting smaller, more efficient batteries, it could achieve 77 miles on a single charge. Its interior used environmentally friendly materials.


The LEAF was Nissan’s first all-electric production model, blending hatchback practicality with 109 miles (NEDC) of range. It quickly became one of the world's most popular electric cars, being the first to reach 400,000 units sold worldwide in 2019.



Today's 62kWh Nissan LEAF e+ models boast 239 miles of range (WLTP)[1] and a 20-80% charge in 90 minutes with a CHAdeMO 50kWh charger[2] – also adding tech that helps make electric driving easier, safer and more efficient than ever before[3]. Plus, with 217PS and 340Nm of torque, LEAF e+ models are as potent and fun as they are quiet and refined.


The Nissan ARIYA is the next generation of electric crossover, combining a minimalist yet futuristic design with a spacious and versatile SUV interior. With up to 310 miles (WLTP)[1] of electric range, confidence-inspiring e-4ORCE all-wheel drive and an abundance of even more advanced driving tech[3], it's a new dawn for Nissan electric.

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[1] Nissan LEAF e+ 62kWh battery with up to 239 miles range. Nissan ARIYA 87kWh battery with up to 310 miles range (provisional figures subject to final homologation). WLTP figures shown are for comparability purposes. Actual real world driving results may vary depending on factors such as the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted after registration, weather conditions, driving styles and vehicle load.

[2] Indicated charging times and costs may vary depending on factors including charging conditions, battery and ambient temperature at point of use and if the battery safeguarding technology is activated. Visit to find out more

[3] It is your responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be in control of the vehicle at all times. Driver assist features have speed and other limitations and should not be relied on. For more information visit