Instructor to teach in the 100% electric Nissan Leaf
Driving School Instructor Paul Tomlin is the first instructor to teach in the 100% electric Nissan Leaf. Based in Stoke on Trent Mr Tomlin wanted a more economically friendly car to teach his pupils to drive, and there is nothing more economical than the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf has a range between charges of up to one hundred and ten miles and Leaf owners do not pay any road tax or the London congestion charge.
Mr Tomlin said “since I took delivery of the Nissan Leaf there has been lots of interest from my fellow instructors and it’s easy to see why. The pupils love the car and the immediate success they have had underlines what an easy car the Leaf is to drive. For me personally I’m happy to now avoid the petrol stations and I feel happier for the environment by driving a zero emissions vehicle.”
The dual-controlled Leaf has been a hit with pupils who have praised how easy it is to drive and how smooth and effortless the driving experience is. Mr Tomlin’s first pupil had failed her practical test twice previously and decided to try lessons in the Nissan Leaf. She went on to pass her test in the Leaf and believes the car helped calm her nerves.
David Dillon, Holdcroft Nissan Hanley dealer principal said “we’re happy to see the Leaf become the first electric driving instructor vehicle and thrilled for the pupils successfully passing in the car. With the pass success Paul has already enjoyed with a 100% electric car, many young learners future first driving experience could well be in a Leaf.”
The Nissan Leaf has been designed from the start to be a purely electric-powered model, it is fully equipped with features such as regenerative braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems, it is also the first 100% electric vehicle to be awarded five stars from Euro NCAP. The Nissan Leaf earned an 89% rating for adult safety, an 83% rating for child protection and an 84% rating for its on-board safety assist systems, which include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a speed limiter as standard. The compact family hatchback also earned a higher-than-average 65% score for pedestrian safety.
The Nissan Leaf is priced from £23,490 and is available to test drive at showrooms now. If the success rate continues for pupils learning to drive then more driving schools make take the step to invest in the Leaf as costs will surely be kept to a minimum due to no trips to the fuel station.