Nissan electrics do over 4 mln km in London
140 electric Nissan vehicles operating in London save more than R8,2 million in fuel and just under a 1 000 tons of carbon.
NISSAN announced this week it will build future generation electric vehicle ( EV) batteries at the company’s manufacturing facility in Sunderland, UK.
The facility is one of three Nissan battery production sites globally and provides battery modules for the all- electric Nissan Leaf and e- NV200 electric van, which is manufactured at Nissan’s facility in Barcelona, Spain.
Already the global leaders in electric vehicles with over 200 000 Nissan Leafs on the road worldwide covering a total of two billion electric miles, today’s announcement is another stake in the ground as Nissan reaffirms its commitment to a 100% electric future. In 2015 alone, Nissan sold 43 651 Leafs worldwide, 15 630 of which were in Europe.
In the UK, the Leaf and Nissan’s lesser- known electric vehicle, the e- NV200 Combi, this month passed four million kilometre mark, working as taxis across the island. London’s mayor Boris Johnson is proposing to make all London taxis zero- emissions capable by 2018.
Nissan stated there are currently more than 140 Nissan EV taxis in operation across Britain, with dozens more on order and many taxi companies and local authorities taking steps to replace diesel and petrol equivalents with cleaner and cheaper EV alternatives.
Nissan stated if the same distance — equivalent to six journeys to the moon and back or 120 times around the world — had been covered in the diesel vehicles the Nissan EVs replaced, it would have cost more than R8,2 million in fuel and just under a 1 000 tons of carbon would also have been generated.
But with zero tailpipe emissions, the models emitted not one gram of carbon during operation, helping to improve air quality in the towns and cities where they operate.
Six of the largest and longestestablished Nissan taxi fleets the UK — Phoenix Taxis in Blyth, Northumberland, C& C Taxis in Cornwall, Premier Cabs in Blackpool, 203020 Electric in Dundee, eConnect Cars in London and eCorporate Travel in Edinburgh — have surpassed three million miles ( just under five million kilometres) between them. With many smaller fleets and independent operators also operating across the country, the true figure is likely to be significantly higher. During their time in taxi and private hire service, both the Leaf and e- NV200 have proved their durability, reliability and cost- efficiency time and time again. Highlights include:
• 203020 Electric in Dundee surpassed one million pure EV taxi miles in less than one year with its fleet of 30 Nissan Leafs.
• At least four Leaf taxi have passed the 100 000 mile mark with more than 30 having covered over 30 000 miles.
• The first Leaf put into service by C& C Taxis in Cornwall passed 100 000 miles without losing a single bar of battery life and on its first set of brake pads.
• The average Nissan EV taxi is rapid charged ( a process taking as little as 30 minutes from zero to 80%) hundreds of times a year with minimal degradation.
• Many Nissan EV taxi drivers are taking home thousands of pounds extra per year as a result of fuel savings. At 203020 Electric, in Dundee, for example, drivers are between £ 120 and £ 130 ( R2 850 and R3 050) a week better off. — Wheels Reporter.
The Nissan NV200 use the same battery technology that drives the Leaf.