Nissan today began deliveries of its first 100% electric, mass produced family car, the Nissan LEAF to customers in the U.K.
Smooth Radio DJ Mark Goodier and electronics engineer Richard Todd took delivery of their Nissan LEAFs today at Glyn Hopkin Nissan in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire.
Smooth Radio DJ Mark Goodier has been driving electric cars for the last decade. “The great thing about electric cars is that the fuel distribution is already in place. We all have mains electricity at home. We have it at work and councils are already working on how to install thousands of charging points at the roadside. You can see why EVs make such sense, particularly in towns and cities.
The LEAF is a proper full size family car with a 100 mile range – way more than most drivers do in a day. It’s everything that people like me who have been driving electric vehicles for a long time have been waiting for. It’s going to change our lives for the better,” he commented.
Silicon chip designer Richard Todd from St Albans, Hertfordshire was the first customer in the UK to place his order for a Nissan LEAF when the order books opened last September. Today, he and his wife Jane took delivery of a black Nissan LEAF with the optional solar panel. Prior to picking up his Nissan LEAF, Todd did his 33 mile commute in a Toyota Prius.
Currently built at firm’s Oppama Plant in Japan, starting 2013 LEAF production will take place at Nissan’s Sunderland Plant, with production of batteries beginning next year in the same location.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]