Nissan Leaf accelerates to 45 percent market share

Worldwide sales of Nissan's flagship Leaf electric car rose by three-quarters last year, according to latest figures from the company demonstrating how the market for zero emissions vehicles is continuing to gain traction.

The Renault-Nissan alliance posted its sales figures for 2013 on Friday, showing that sales from its zero emissions range rose 50 percent as demand for Nissan's Leaf and Renault's Kangoo Z.E, Fluence Z.E., ZOE and Twizy models continued to rise.

Renault's four EV models saw a modest 13 percent sales increase to just over 19,000 units. However, Nissan's Leaf led the market with demand rising 77 percent to nearly 48,000 cars, accounting for 45 percent of all zero emissions vehicles sold last year.

Three years after its launch, Nissan last month sold its 100,000th Leaf to a dentist from Hampshire.

The Renault Nissan Alliance said it now commands a 63 percent share of the zero-emission market as a result of the boost in sales.

The numbers came after figures from the U.K.'s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed a 25 percent rise in registrations of hybrid and electric cars in January 2014 compared with the same month last year.

SMMT said 2,859 hybrids and electric cars were registered in January 2014, making up 1.8 percent of the market compared with 1.6 percent in the same month last year.

This article originally appeared at Business Green. Nissan Leaf image by cleanfotos via Shutterstock.com.