Mayor of London Boris Johnson has just received keys to a new 100% electric Nissan LEAF, just ahead of the launch of the capital's first citywide electric vehicle membership scheme, Source London. Boris Johnson accepted the keys on behalf of Transport for London (TFL), whose staff will be trialling the zero emission car during a month long loan.
Source London will be installing a network of integrated electric charge points throughout London, to help encourage electric vehicle uptake, and to reinforce London's position as the electric vehicle capital of Europe.
The Mayor said: “Zero-emission electric cars are perfect for city driving, not only delivering cheaper day-to-day running costs for their owners, but also helping to bear down on pollution levels. With a wider range of vehicles now available, we are shifting up a gear to provide more support through Source London for the increasing numbers of people who want to drive them. I am pleased to accept a Nissan LEAF on Transport for London's behalf so more of our staff can experience the silent, smooth electric experience for themselves, whilst carrying out their duties. We are looking forward to Nissan becoming one of our fantastic Source London partners helping us to make electric driving an easier, more convenient choice.”
The Nissan LEAF, the first electric vehicle to win the title of European Car of the year, will be used by Surface Transport Staff involved in site visits to traffic signals and cameras. The car joins the permanent fleet of electric cars used by TFL as part of their commitment to improve air quality in the capital by increasing the use of zero and low emissions vehicles.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, commented: “Nissan fully supports the Mayor’s agenda to promote low and zero carbon emission vehicles in the capital. Critical to the success of electric vehicles is the development of a publicly accessible charging infrastructure which is set to be delivered through Source London. These ambitious plans should see London become one of the key cities for electric vehicles across Europe and a focus of Nissan’s electric vehicle activity.”
Research conducted by Nissan shows that 80% of daily driving in Britain involves trips of less than 30 miles. The Nissan LEAF can travel approximately 110 miles with five passengers on a full charge. Depending on the user's tariff and time of charging, the Nissan LEAF can cost less than 2 pence per mile.
Zero road tax, zero benefit in kind for company car drivers as well and being exempt from London's congestion charge all provide additional finance benefits.
UK deliveries of the Nissan LEAF begin in March 2011.
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