Firms in North East take delivery of Nissan LEAFs for EV project
The Switch EV project, which began in September last year and involves several carmakers, 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. The project is being run alongside the installation of a comprehensive EV recharging infrastructure in the North East as part of the UK’s Plugged in Places scheme.
A total of 14 drivers have taken delivery of a Nissan LEAF to use as their own car for six months to experience and report on life with an electric car.
As well as individual drivers, the trial includes three businesses – Capital Shopping Centres, Cobalt Business Park and Greggs – and three local authorities in the form of Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and Sunderland City Council.
Three Nissan employees are also participating and a further Nissan LEAF will be added to the Switch EV project in the coming weeks.
Bespoke data collection units have been installed in each vehicle to provide data, including the effects of road topology and congestion on the range of the battery, which is expected to aid the development of electric vehicles.
After six months these Switch EV LEAFs will be passed to a new group of testers – more than 150 people are expected to test a total of 49 new, all-electric vehicles from different manufacturers during the Switch EV project.