New Nissan Leafs coming to SA

2015-10-07 06:00

A FLEET of five electric Nissan Leafs will provide the driving force behind the City of Bristol’s year-long stint as Europe’s “Green Capital”.

The English-built zero-emission cars will be used by the Bristol Green Capital 2015 team for a series of inspirational events through the year.

It is the first time Green Capital status has been awarded in the United Kingdom and the initiative aims to make Bristol Britain’s most liveable city and a role model for city living worldwide.

“Transport is one of five themes on which we will focus during our year as a Green Capital. These five branded Leafs are not just a convenient way to get around – they are what the future cars will look like, they are a visual reminder that Bristol is the Green Capital of Europe, a sustainable way for us to get out to events right across the city and engage with the public about what it means to create a happier, healthier city for future generations,” said Zoe Sear, director at Bristol 2015 Ltd.

Karl Anders, national electric-vehicle manager for Nissan Great Britain said that the Nissan Leaf had done more than any other model to blaze a trail for electric-vehicle technology and to make electric vehicles a mainstream, practical, realistic option for people.

“We see electric vehicles as the future and so it’s fitting that the world’s bestselling EV is helping to support Bristol’s efforts to become a blueprint for environmentally friendly and sustainable city living in years to come,” he added.

According to Nissan, the four-door, hatchback, Leaf has a battery range of 200km and can be charged from zero to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.

Charging points are available at many locations in Bristol (as they will be soon in South Africa, in collaboration with BMW) and free-to-use rapid-charging points can be found at almost all motorway service stations.

- Wheels24

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