The first regular shipment of 100% electric Nissan LEAFs bound for Europe is today arriving in North East England.
The 67 Nissan LEAFs aboard the ‘City of St. Petersburg’, seek Nissan’s brand new energy-saving car carrier for transporting vehicles in Europe, are destined for customers in the UK and Ireland and will be unloaded from the Port of Tyne as the carrier completes its maiden voyage.
UK customers have been able to pre-order the Nissan LEAF since September 2010 ahead of deliveries starting in the coming weeks. Pre-orders for the Nissan LEAF, which is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery, have reached more than 27,000 units globally. The zero-emission car is currently built in Japan, but will be manufactured in Sunderland from 2013, following the start of production of lithium-ion batteries for such cars at the plant in 2012.
A comprehensive charging network is currently under development in the UK. North East England alone will have 1,300 charge points by 2013, including quick chargers capable of refuelling a Nissan LEAF from when the empty warning light switches onto an 80% charge in just under 30 minutes. Nissan’s network of EV dealers – currently 25 sites across the UK – will all be equipped with a quick charger.
Across the UK there are programmes under way to install around 9,000 charge points by 2013.