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.

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC -

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.

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The Nis­san NV200 use the same bat­tery tech­nol­ogy that drives the Leaf.

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