Demand for Electric Nissan Leaf increases
Nissan report increase in Fleet Sales
Nissan has reported 30% increase in fleet sales in the last financial year as demand for all electric Nissan Leaf surges to new heights. Sales of the all electric Leaf have increased by a whopping 132%. Nissan GB corporate sales director Barry Beeston said “the 2013 financial year has been prosperous for our corporate sales with electric vehicles in particular proving to be an increasingly viable option for fleet operators.”
There are three trim levels available to UK buyers; the Visia, Acenta and Tekna. All the Leaf models have increased boot space because of the relocation of the charging point and an enhanced interior trim. Some of the new improvements include a height adjust facility on both front seats and more foot space for passengers. The top of the range Tekna features a BOSE™ energy-efficient sound system with a subwoofer and seven speakers plus 17-inch alloys and LED headlamps. There is no compromise on boot space as the car has been designed with neat packaging of the lithium-ion batteries, in fact there is as much boot space as a Ford Fiesta which has a very generous boot.
Whichever Leaf model customers choose, they can look forward to a great driving experience especially as there are no trips to the petrol station. A full charge on the Leaf gives up to one hundred and twenty four miles range and costs from approximately £2 depending upon time of day and tariff meaning that over a distance of 10,000 miles drivers can expect to save around £1,000 that would otherwise have been spent at the fuel station. British Gas is currently offering a 16Amp data-enabled Home Charging Unit (HCU) which will charge Leaf from empty to full in eight hours.
The Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke are also desirable for fleets. The all-new Qashqai, which was released at the beginning of 2014, has also been a popular choice for fleets with two thousand sold in March 2014 alone, over double the amount that drove off the forecourt in March 2013. In total, Qashqai sales increased by 15% and the popular Juke crossover by 36%. The sales increase represents a great year for Nissan which has seen strong natural demand for core fleet and leasing products across the board.
The all electric e-NV200 van will be released later this year, it is exciting times for Nissan and no doubt there will a further increase in demand for the rest of this year and into 2015.