Nissan Leaf Enters the Switch EV Project

Having begun delivery of the all-electric Leaf in the UK earlier this week, Japanese auto maker Nissan is slowly beginning to expand the exposure the highly anticipated model will get in the following months.

After delivering 14 electric vehicles on Thursday to customers, Nissan says that all take part in the Switch EV Project launched in the UK last September. As part of the project, the electric vehicles will be used by their new owners for six months, during which regular reports will be made about the car and its performances.

The customers which took delivery of their Leafs today include five private buyers, three businesses (Capital Shopping Centres, Cobalt Business Park and Greggs), three local authorities (Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and Sunderland City Council) and three Nissan employees.

The Switch EV Project, supported by the UK government through the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator Program. It has been designed both as a way for the customers to test the electric vehicles and as a way for those vehicles to be forced onto the market.

“The UK Government has set a clear ambition of placing the country at the global forefront of low and ultra low carbon vehicle development. Nissan in Sunderland has taken up the challenge,” said Mark Prisk, UK Minister for Business and Enterprise.

“Today I’m delighted to hand over the keys to these 14 Nissan LEAFs so people can experience and feedback valuable information on what it’s really like to drive an electric car as part of the largest project of its kind in the world.”
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