Microsoft Buys Pair of Nissan LEAFs

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

Microsoft's Nissan LEAF in That Ultra Fuel-Efficient Black We Speak Highly of Here at InsideEVs

Microsoft’s Nissan LEAF in That Ultra Fuel-Efficient Black We Speak Highly of Here at InsideEVs

It’s only two, but as the song lyrics go, two is better than one.

Microsoft Shows Some Love for the LEAF

Microsoft Shows Some Love for the LEAF

Microsoft UK purchased a pair of Nissan LEAFs, which were delivered just days ago.

For Microsoft UK, the two LEAFs are actually the first electric automobiles to join its staff company vehicle program.

The selection of the LEAF was a lengthy process.  Microsoft actually had 500 of its employees test a “variety of vehicles” for five weeks as part of “competitive internal trials.”

The LEAF was chosen after Microsoft’s staff praised it for “comfort, drivability and good level of standard equipment.”

Microsoft UK’s car benefits manager, Katie Colledge-Price, had this to say of the LEAF:

“As you can imagine at a software company, when we announced the vehicle trial list we were overwhelmed with staff interest in an advanced piece of technology like the Nissan LEAF.  During the trial the LEAF received consistently positive feedback for how enjoyable and calming it is to drive as well as being a comfortable family vehicle. We have installed charging points at our Reading HQ to encourage staff to consider electric vehicles to help reduce our carbon footprint so we’re now looking forward to welcoming more LEAFs to Microsoft UK.”

Microsoft installed two on-site charging stations to support the pair of LEAFs and expects to add more electric vehicles, probably only LEAFs, to its fleet soon.

Barry Beeston, Nissan corporate sales director, responded to Mircosoft’s decision to purchase LEAFs, saying:

“Microsoft UK is at the cutting edge of hi-tech developments so to hear its praise for the LEAF and its technology is particularly pleasing.  The Leaf represents an excellent solution to cutting any company’s carbon footprint as well as reducing running costs for the end user. After a positive trial process, we now look forward to providing more Leafs as staff at Microsoft UK see the benefits of 100 percent electric vehicles.”

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3 responses to "Microsoft Buys Pair of Nissan LEAFs"

  1. George B says:

    Great article, Eric! Would it be possible to reprint it on the SF BayLEAFs website. With proper credit and a link to the source, of course. Microsoft’s decision could be relevant to other high-tech companies in the Bay Area, and it would be great if we could get the news out in our local community.

    http://sfbayleafs.org/news/

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Of course it is George…no problem at all, getting the word out is all it is about, (=

  2. vetboy45 says:

    Was the ford focus electric one of the vehicles tested? Probably not, given it’s limited availability but I think it is superior to the leaf in just about every category. The only downsides are the smaller than normal storage area do to the battery and the lack of DC quick charging.