50,000th Leaf rolls off Nissan production line

Production on the Leaf started in Sunderland in 2013 Credit: Nissan

The 50,000th Nissan Leaf electric car has rolled off the production line at Nissan's Sunderland plant.

The silver, Tekna grade Nissan Leaf rolled off the production line last week and is destined for a customer in France.

It is the first time a European carmaker has built 50,000 electric vehicles and the batteries which power them.

Nissan Leaf and battery manufacturing was launched in the UK in 2013, and supports over 2,000 jobs at Nissan and in its UK suppliers.

An extended 250km-range Leaf will be introduced to Europe in 2016.

It has also been announced that Nissan’s future generation batteries will be produced in Sunderland – a further £26.5m investment in the plant.