Nissan is leading electric van sales with the e-NV200 light commercial vehicle
Nissanís 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 up to the end of March 2016.
Up 45 percent on the previous financial 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, an increasing number of business owners are switching on to the benefits of zero emission mobility.
Offering practicality and driving comfort combined with low running costs, the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 are proven viable options for fleet operators across the region. Typical costing between 3p and 5p per mile on fuel, owners also benefit from low operational costs that make (in many applications) for reduced total cost of ownership.
With fewer moving parts, Nissan EVs also 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 EVs for Nissan Europe: "Itís 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. Now with the introduction of the new-to-sector Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, fleet customers will be able to travel even further, helping to meet businesses demands with an extended 250 km range.""
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. ÷sterreichische 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.
In the UK, Nissanís total EV fleet sales for FY15/16 were up 43% compared with FY14/15, with 2,573 combined LEAF and e-NV200 sales versus 1,806 for the previous financial year. Electric vehicles now make up around 3% of all fleet sales with an increasing number of major contracts including West Midlands Police renewing its fleet of 30 Nissan LEAFs and upgrading to the new 30kWh model.
Karl Anders, National EV Manager at Nissan Motor (GB), said: "More and more local authorities and public sector organisations across the UK are turning to Nissanís market-leading electric vehicles to meet their fleet needs. Both the LEAF and e-NV200 can have a significant impact on reducing running and whole-life costs as well as well as helping organisations significantly cut their carbon emissions."
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, 16,916 Nissan LEAFs were sold in Europe, securing a new annual record.