Nissan LEAF Responsible For Increase In Nissan Fleet Sales
We’ve often stated that plug-in electric vehicles make perfect sense for fleets who seek to keep ownership costs as low as possible.
As it turns out, fleets agree.
Nissa reports that its global fleet sales increased by some 30% in 2013. The automaker attributes the Nissan LEAF to some of the growth in fleet sales.
According to Nissan, in 2013 the automaker recorded 27,912 global fleet sales, of which 818 were attributed to the LEAF. While 818 may seem low, Nissan says only 354 LEAFs were sold to fleets in 2012. From 354 to 818 is a 132% improvement, year over year.
Barry Beeston, Nissan GB corporate sales director, commented:
“The 2013 financial year has been prosperous for our corporate sales with electric vehicles in particular proving to be an increasingly viable option for fleet operators”.
“With the all-electric e-NV200 van being released later this year it is an exciting time for Nissan and we believe we will see a further increase in demand for the rest of this year and into 2015.”
Fleet uptake of electric vehicles has risen sharply as of late. Most fleets cite two reasons for purchasing electric vehicles:
1.) Environmental concerns
2.) Reduced ownership costs
A pure electric vehicle easily satisfies both conditions, so we suspect fleet uptake of EVs will continue to rise.