UK announced Nissan LEAF’s hottest market
Nissan saw 78 LEAF and e-NV200 electric vehicles delivered to taxi companies in Britain making it the strongest market for the Japanese EV.
Meanwhile Europe has accounted for 48% of global LEAF sales, and increased 66% for the fiscal year from 426 units to 709. While these numbers are not gargantuan, they are telling. Madrid taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi, has the world’s largest all-electric vehicle taxi fleet with 110 LEAFs with the 30kWh battery upgrade.
January 2016 saw six of the UK’s largest all-EV taxi fleets in Northumberland, Cornwall, Blackpool, Dundee, London and Edinburgh, recorded a collective £290,000 in average saved running costs, and clocked over three million miles of driving.
Garth Dunsmore, Head of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said the trend of electric vehicles is getting stronger.
“Cities across the globe are facing huge challenges in terms of poor air quality and increasing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Adding zero-emission vehicles like the LEAF to taxi services in major cities is a vital step to tackling these challenges.”
Currently, the Nissan LEAF is the world’s highest selling EV with over 220,000 units sold worldwide, offering a 250km range with the 30kWh battery, with an estimated running cost four times cheaper than a typical internal combustion engine.