LeasePlan becomes first leasing firm to offer Nissan LEAF EV
LeasePlan will purchase more than 100 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles from Nissan and will offer them to its customers in 13 countries in Europe starting in early 2011 in line with Nissan’s launch plans in those markets. The project will focus on driver behaviour and the operational side of running a fleet of zero-emission battery-powered cars.
Commenting on the announcement, LeasePlan’s CEO Vahid Daemi said: 'This agreement with Nissan is a reflection of our drive for innovation in a changing car landscape and further proof of our corporate responsibility towards the environment. With Nissan LEAF, we will be able to meet our customers’ growing demand for more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.'
'We have done a great deal of research into potential usage patterns for Nissan LEAF, but there is nothing to beat the real-world experience. By exchanging data with industry leader LeasePlan, we will be better able to understand just how EV customers will use their cars,' said Colin Dodge, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co, Ltd.
The 13 countries involved in the agreement are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The five-seater Nissan LEAF has a range of about 160km while a quick charge system can restore up to 80% of its battery power in just under 30 minutes. It is said to offer instant responsive acceleration with a top speed of more than 140km/h.