Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200
Nissan happily announced that the 2015 fiscal year (ending on March 31) in Europe was a fourth consecutive year of the record electric vehicle sales to fleets; a subsection of the plug-in market we rarely get a statistical peak inside of.
In FY15, Nissan sold more than 7,500 LEAFs and e-NV200 into fleets for Europe, taking a 28% share among EV sales to fleets.
More good news for the Japanese automaker is that the sales themselves increased by 45% year-over-year, keeping the Renault-Nissan Alliance (with help from Renault Kangoo Z.E.) far ahead of any other manufacturer in the space.
In total, Nissan has sold over 20,000 EVs to fleets in Europe out of the over 220,000 electric cars (all sales) worldwide.
Some specific electric projects are really taking hold, as for example the Österreichische Post AG, the Austrian state postal authority, which already utilises 160 e-NV200s and has recently confirmed an order for 100 additional units.
"Offering optimum practicality and driving comfort combined with low running costs, the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 are truly viable options for fleet operators across the region. Costing approximately €0.03 per kilometre to run, owners also benefit from low maintenance costs that make for unrivalled total cost of ownership. With fewer moving parts, Nissan EVs provide estimated maintenance costs up to 40 percent lower than petrol or diesel alternatives. Furthermore, many European fleet owners can also benefit from varied incentives offered by governments across the continent, all whilst saving on energy consumption; providing a cost-effective, simple solution to reduce their carbon footprint."
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe:
“It’s great to see Nissan EV fleet demand going from strength-to-strength as businesses catch on to the many marked advantages electric vehicles have to offer. Nissan not only offers a great pure electric range for businesses, but we have also employed EV fleet specialists in most European countries, trained to provide advice and support to customers, offering analysis of total ownership costs and charging infrastructure. This strategy has proved incredibly effective at assisting businesses who are interested in zero emission technology, but need some guidance on making the switch to zero emission motoring.
“Now with the introduction of the new-to-sector Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, fleet customers will be able to travel even further, helping to meet businesses demands with an extended 250 km range.”