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Nissan Leaf joins UK EV trial

Nissan supplies 14 Leaf EVs for Switch EV project

Andrew Noakes

Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:37


Nissan has handed over 14 Leaf electric vehicles to take part in Switch EV, an electric vehicle trial in North East England. The drivers will use the car as their own for six months to experience and report on life with an electric car.

The Leafs were handed over at the Nissan Sunderland Plant by UK Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP (right), who also received a tour of the production facilities where the Leaf will be built from 2013.

The Switch EV project, which began in September last year and involves several other automakers, is one of eight UK projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator Programme and is aimed at accelerating the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the UK.

Trevor Mann (left), Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, said: “Today marks a major milestone in the advancement of electric vehicles in the UK. Up to now Nissan has only been able to allow limited access to the zero-emission Nissan Leaf – but today we are handing over 14 cars to members of the public for six months. The drive home today will be enough for these drivers to realise that driving the Nissan Leaf does not mean they have to compromise on driving experience or performance.”

The first trial candidates to drive the Nissan Leaf include five individuals, three businesses, three local authorities and three Nissan emloyees.

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