PARIS (France), 19th April 2016: Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) offering remains the popular choice for fleet operators across Europe, with sales of the #nissan #leaf and e-NV200 in the fleet market climbing for a fourth consecutive year in fiscal year 2015.
Up 45 percent on the previous fiscal year, #nissan sold more than 7,500 LEAFs and e-NV200s to fleet operators and municipalities in Europe, commanding a 28 percent share of the pure electric fleet market. With over 20,000 #nissan EVs sold to fleet customers across Europe since launch, it’s clear that business owners are switching on to the benefits of zero emission mobility.
Offering optimum practicality and driving comfort combined with low running costs, the #nissan #leaf and e-NV200 are truly viable options for fleet operators across the region. Costing approximately €0.03 per kilometre to run, owners also benefit from low maintenance costs that make for unrivalled total cost of ownership. With fewer moving parts, #nissan EVs provide estimated maintenance costs up to 40 percent lower than petrol or diesel alternatives. Furthermore, many European fleet owners can also benefit from varied incentives offered by governments across the continent, all whilst saving on energy consumption; providing a cost-effective, simple solution to reduce their carbon footprint.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for #nissan Europe: “It’s great to see #nissan #ev fleet demand going from strength-to-strength as businesses catch on to the many marked advantages electric vehicles have to offer. #nissan not only offers a great pure electric range for businesses, but we have also employed #ev fleet specialists in most European countries, trained to provide advice and support to customers, offering analysis of total ownership costs and charging infrastructure. This strategy has proved incredibly effective at assisting businesses who are interested in zero emission technology, but need some guidance on making the switch to zero emission motoring.
Postal services are among the many service providers that have been particularly quick to take advantage of the clear benefits associated with switching to electric. Österreichische Post AG, the Austrian state postal authority, already utilises 160 e-NV200s and has recently confirmed an order for 100 additional units.
Many public bodies and government organisations across Europe have also decided to lead by example and convert their fleets to zero emission vehicles. In the UK, #nissan has sold over 350 EVs to public entities and the City of Bari in Italy has just launched a car sharing service in cooperation with ACI Global using 30 #nissan LEAFs.
Nissan celebrates this all-important milestone some five years after the launch of the #nissan #leaf, the world's first mass-market, zero emission vehicle and just one year since the launch of its 100 percent electric e-NV200 light commercial vehicle. The #nissan #leaf remains the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, with almost 220,000 units sold worldwide. In FY15, 16,916 #nissan LEAFs were sold in Europe, securing a new annual record.
For more information about #nissan products, services and the brand’s commitment to sustainable mobility, visit www.nissan.eu/experience-nissan.html
About #nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,600 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. In 2014 #nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 675,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, small cars, SUVs, commercial vehicles and electric vehicles, including the #nissan #leaf, the world's most popular electric vehicle with 96% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. #nissan now offers a strong line-up of 23 diverse and innovative models in Europe under the #nissan and Datsun brands.
About #nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the #nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2014, the company sold more than 5.3 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.3 trillion yen. #nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the #nissan #leaf. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceana; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. #nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.
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