Nissan Doubles Size Of Electric Fleet Car Team Amidst Rising Demand For LEAF, e-NV200

JAN 2 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Nissan LEAFs Lined Up and Ready to Charge

Nissan LEAFs Lined Up and Ready to Charge

According to Click Green, “Nissan has more than doubled the size of its team of public sector electric vehicle fleet specialists to match the rising demand for its market-leading EV products.”

This doubling comes as Nissan LEAF sales pick up steam worldwide and e-NV200 orders (largely from fleets) begins to be fulfilled.

Click Green adds:

Heading up the new-look team is National EV Manager, Karl Anders, who joins Nissan from the Energy Saving Trust where he served as Fleet Consultant and built an expert knowledge of the electric vehicle market.

Meanwhile, the duo of Ben Grocott (London and the South East) and Tony Machin (Midlands) have now been drafted in to join Clare Collings (Wales and the South West) and Matthew Downs (the North and Scotland) to strengthen the brand’s specialist fleet sales offering. All four come from a public sector background and understand the unique pressures of this sector.

We’ve long stated that fleets are where electric vehicles make the most economical sense.  However, it’s taken awhile for fleet operators to realize this and to take the leap into EVs.

Quoting Karl Anders:

“Most of us are coming out of recession but the public sector, particularly NHS Trusts and Local Authorities, are facing mounting budget, duty of care and air quality pressures.

“On top of this, the way many of these organizations are being restructured and travel requirements are changing means travel costs are going through the roof. Grey fleet, where staff uses their own private cars for business travel, is being relied upon much more and that’s usually pretty horrific both in terms of costs of travel, driver safety and emissions.”

“For many of these organizations, the addition of electric vehicles to their fleet mix could provide a ready-made solution to many problems.”

“Both the LEAF and e-NV200 tick many boxes for public sector fleet operators, not to mention the fact they are both exceptional and extremely practical vehicles in their own right.”

“Now we have expanded the team we will be able to work much more closely with those in the public sector and offer more extensive support at every stage of the process.”

Source: Click Green

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9 Comments on "Nissan Doubles Size Of Electric Fleet Car Team Amidst Rising Demand For LEAF, e-NV200"

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Mike

Now that where’s saving money on low gas prices, is a good time to buy a HYBRID or EV!

electric-car-insider.com

No matter what the price of oil and gasoline, the environmental and health consequences remain.

I prefer clean air that doesn’t cause asthma and COPD. And crop failure. And acidic oceans.

ggpa

We often see LEAF sales totals published.

Does anybody how many e-NV200 have been sold to date?

George Bower

Is it true that in the UK you need to be a business to get the EV tax credit? Seems like that’s what I remember.

….and don’t businesses get a break on electricity also? Perhaps the business needs to be buying lots of kwh’s to get a better rate.

If true then it sure seems a slam dunk as pointed out in the article.

David Hrivnak

For me running my EV at an effectve rate of $.80/gal, gasoline needs to drop a LOT more for gas to be cost effective. Then add that I am able to generate over 90% of my electricity from our roof top solar then driving an EV makes even more sense.

Brian Henderson

The increase in Electric Fleet Specialists seems to be specific to UK (and European) market. There are references to London, Scottland and Wales in quotes, but context has not been clarified.

Is there any data on US EV fleet sales?

eg: GE stated in 2011 that it would replace half of its fleet of 65,000 vehicles with EVs by 2015. (ie: 30,000+ EVs)
http://www.automotive-fleet.com/article/story/2011/02/half-of-ge-s-30-000-unit-fleet-to-be-electric-vehicles-by-2015.aspx

Ted Parton

Has Nissan even started to sell the eNV200 in the US?

SteveO

Not if you judge by their website: http://www.nissanusa.com It’s listed only under “Future and Concept Vehicles”.

I wonder if Nissan EV sales in the USA aren’t held back by the continuing American fascination of large trucks and loud engines.

eddie

No, they only just began selling in some European countries last Fall. I do not understand why the technology like hybrids, PHEV, etc. do not penetrate all market segments in ALL countries.