As you can imagine, the people who designed and built it are quite proud of the Nissan LEAF. It is the best selling electric vehicle in the world and has racked up almost a billion driving miles so far, saving over 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the process.
But Nissan doesn’t just build a “green” car. It also uses many “green” strategies to produce the LEAF. 25% of the total weight of the car comes from recycled materials, most of which comes from the body, which is made from recycled steel. Discarded cloth is used to make sound deadening panels, the upholstery is made from recycled soda bottles, and recycled plastics from discarded household appliances provide the raw materials for most of the plastic parts found in the LEAF. While automobiles are among the most recycled products in the world, they’re now being made from more recyclable, green materials as well. Every plastic soda bottle made into a carpet or seat is one less soda bottle in the world’s landfills.
The people at Nissan don’t see themselves as just building another electric car. They are committed to using environmentally friendly production methods from start to finish that fully support a sustainable future. When it comes to being “green”, Nissan and the LEAF not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. One day, the cars we buy might be green and sustainable down to every last nut and bolt.