Nissan Announces Record Electric Vehicle Fleet Sales In Europe

APR 30 2016 BY MARK KANE 7

Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200

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.”

Nissan LEAFs

Nissan LEAFs

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.”

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“helping to meet businesses demands with an extended 250 km range”

The one big issue I have with Nissan is stubbornly persisting the lie that NEDC range has any value in the real world.

I wish they learned from their partner Renault. They get it and advertise the Zoe R210 as having a range of 100-150 km. After a reset of the trip computer, the GOM displays a range of 125-135 km (depending on temp), which is doable under most circumstances.

I thought it was a legal requirement to state mpg, range and co2 emissions in the eu using the official test cycle.

The NEDC does have value especially for things like local post office vehicles… I would guess that driving start stop all over town at low speeds would get closer to that number than most other modes of driving.

Personally I prefer Tesla’s system of saying that a given model of vehicle will, at a certain speed, on a level road in benign climatic conditions (ie no cabin heating/cooling or wind) do a certain number of miles. Simple and, in my experience, accurate. That then at least gives the average driver *some* sort of benchmark to work with rather than a mixed bag of speeds that no-one can relate to – and that bears absolutely no resemblance to reality anyway.

I gather all the ‘official’ testing is done on a rolling road with ‘simulated’ wind resistance and inertia effects – how the hell that that relate to reality in any way, shape or form? Diesel scandal, anyone?


When will this be available in the US???


Want want need need the eNV200 in the U.S., even if only for fleets.

Completely agree… 36Kwh please eNV200…