Nissan's first EV "Tama Electric Vehicle" debuted in 1947. (Certified as Mechanical Engineering Heritage in 2010 by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Nissan enhanced its effort to develop EVs in the 1960's and the oil crisis gave Nissan a pressing mission to make a commercially-viable EV. In 1992, Nissan started research and development of lithium-ion battery and in 1997, "Prairie Joy EV", the world's first lithium-ion battery EV was released. Over the following years, the lithium-ion battery became more compact to be laminated and mounted, "PIVO" was released in 2005 and its follow-up model "PIVO2" released in 2007. Nissan's EVs continued to evolve and in 2010, the automaker brought the world's first mass-produced EV "Nissan LEAF" into the market. Nissan LEAF was first introduced in Japan and North America and expanded to Europe and other markets globally. Currently, it is introduced in more than 40 markets on four continents. The Nissan LEAF is not only a Zero-Emission car but also an EV with unprecedented quietness, acceleration and handling. Since its launch, this electric vehicle has become the best-selling EV in the world, reaching cumulative sales of 172,000 as of March 2015. EV Making Nissan LEAF available throughout the globe didn't happen overnight - it wouldn't have been possible without Nissan's technological prowess nurtured by its long history of developing electric vehicles.