Nissan on Monday said that the company began deliveries of the 100% electric, Nissan LEAF, to customers in the UK.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director at Nissan Motor GB, was on hand to witness the handover of the first Nissan LEAFs in the UK. He commented:
“The Nissan LEAF is pioneering the electric car revolution in the UK. We first unveiled the car in August 2009 and we’ve been building up to this moment for over 18 months.
Leaf runs on 24KW lithium-ion battery. This battery can be charged from a 110-volt, a 220-volt, or a 440-volt plug. Charging the batteries from a 110-volt takes very long hours and the result is not up to satisfaction. However, at 440-volt you will get the battery charged up to 80 percent within 30 minutes.
The Nissan LEAF is currently built in Japan, but will be manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland from 2013.
A comprehensive charging network is currently under development in the UK and Nissan’s network of EV dealers – currently 26 sites across the country – will be equipped with a quick charger, which will charge the battery from zero up to 80% capacity in under 30 minutes.
Across the UK there areprogrammes under way to install around 9,000 charge points by 2013. British Gas was recently announced as the preferred supplier of domestic charging points for the Nissan LEAF.