Nissan’s EV sales in the European fleet market rose for a fourth consecutive year in 2015, showing a 45% gain from the previous fiscal year. Nissan sold more than 7,500 LEAFs and e-NV200s to fleet operators and municipalities in Europe, commanding a 28% share of the pure electric fleet market.
According to Nissan, the LEAF and e-NV200 cost approximately €0.03 per kilometer to run, and offer maintenance costs up to 40 percent lower than legacy ICE vehicles. Many European fleet owners can also benefit from incentives offered by federal and regional governments.
Postal services are among the service providers that have benefitted from going electric. The Austrian postal service is operating 160 e-NV200s and recently ordered 100 more.
In the UK, Nissan has sold over 350 EVs to public entities, including the West Midlands Police, which plans to upgrade its fleet of 30 LEAFs to the new 30 kWh model.
The City of Bari in Italy has just launched a car sharing service using 30 LEAFs.
“We have employed EV fleet specialists in most European countries, trained to provide advice and support to customers, offering analysis of total ownership costs and charging infrastructure,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe. “This strategy has proved incredibly effective at assisting businesses who are interested in zero-emission technology, but need some guidance on making the switch.”