The City of Sydney, Australia has replaced its fleet of Toyota Prius for something a little more greener. In total, 10 Nissan LEAFs will be taking up the job of transporting city building and health inspectors around town, as well as town planners and engineers.
“They (the Nissan LEAFs) represent the first mass-produced, zero tail-pipe-emissions vehicles on the planet. We are the number one provider of that. Really, there is no emission from this vehicle as it is going down the road,” said William F. Peffer Jr., Managing Director and CEO of Nissan Australia after handing the cars over to City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
A Nissan press release on the event notes that the City of Sydney became the first council in Australia to achieve formal certification as carbon-neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard in November 2011, as a result of its benchmark greenhouse gas reduction programs.
“The advantage of a car like this is, in terms of parking, it’s a real issue in the city, and reducing congestion. Congestion is currently costing us AUD$4 billion (USD $4.1 billion) a year, so we have to look at every possible way of reducing it,” said Moore.
The City has also installed seven electric charging stations at some of its public parking stations, with those carbon emissions caused from the production of electricity being used at those stations offset by solar panels installed on City buildings
“(In total, Sydney) is installing 5,500 solar panels on 30 of its buildings, including Town Hall House, public buildings, major depots and additional solar panels for electric vehicle charging offsets, the largest building-mounted solar installation in Australia.
As a reminder, electric cars are not an inexpensive proposition in Australia, as the federal government there has not removed the barriers to entry on the segment. The Nissan LEAF retails for $51,500 AUD ($53,300 US), while the Holden Volt retails for $59,990 AUD ($62,100 US).