More than a third of all government plug-in car subsidies given out have been to owners of a Nissan Leaf, new figures reveal.
The government gives a grant to eco-friendly drivers who purchase an electric car, providing 25 per cent of the cost up to £5,000. With almost 6,400 new Nissan Leaf owners benefiting from the scheme, the vehicle has doubled its UK sales volumes over the past 12 months and is now the world's best-selling electric car, chroniclelive.co.uk reports.
The Leaf's European sales rose by 33 per cent in 2014 with 14,658 vehicles sold - more than 3,400 more than its closest rival, the Renault Zoe.
Guillaume Cartier, Nissan Europe senior vice president of sales and marketing, said: "We can now see the impact that word of mouth is having on our sales, with 95% of our customers happy to recommend their car to a friend and 50% saying they would never go back to diesel or petrol.
"This kind of powerful advocacy, combined with an increasing awareness of the massive running cost savings electric car drivers experience, is why our Nissan Leaf sales continue to grow."
The same government scheme provides people buying a new electric van with 20 per cent off the cost, up to a maximum of £8,000, according to gov.uk.