Nissan's first EC named "Tama Electric Vehicle" debut in 1947. (Designated as Mechanical Engineering Heritage in 2010)
At the outlet of 1960's Nissan enhanced its effort to develop EVs. Then, the oil shocks brought home to people just how necessary an altenate enrgy source was, which 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 EC was released. Over the following years the lithium-ion battery became more compact to be laminated and mounted on "PIVO" relased in 2005 and its follow-on model "PIVO2" released in 2007. Nissan's ECs continued to evolve and finally in 2010 the automaker brings the worlds first mass-production EC "Nissan LEAF" into the market. Nissan LEAF was firstly available only in Japan, North America and Europe, but it was sold globally in 2012. Making Nissan LEAF available throughout the globe couldn't happen overnight - it wouldn't have been possible without Nissan's technological prowess nurtured over its long history of developing electric vehicles.