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25 people involved with the Low Carbon London EV lease scheme, a project run by UK Power Networks, have recently taken delivery of their new Leafs at Nissan’s UK headquarters in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire.
The handover comes as the Low Carbon London project extends its EV trials across the UK capital to understand the impact of low carbon technologies on the electricity network.
The first 25 brand new electric vehicles part of this initiative have been leased by individuals and their families and will be providing support and information for the trial.
A further 25 Leafs have been set aside for companies, to not only get involved and experience having an electric vehicle on their fleet, but also see how much they can save.
Both the individuals and companies involved in the project will be provided with a free charging unit at their location of choice, as well as access to Source London – the capital’s EV charging network which has over 1,300 charging points across the city.
As part of the project, all the Leafs have gone to people and companies who will be driving and recharging cars within the M25, with the individuals leasing the Leaf for a year and the companies leasing one for two years.
Low Carbon London is a £28.3 million program driven by UK Power Networks, largely funded through Ofgem’s (the energy industry regulator) Low Carbon Network Fund, to help develop smart electricity networks in Britain.
“This project, instigated by UK Power Networks, will provide vital information on running an electric vehicle and the resulting impact it has on both electricity distributors and us, as manufacturers,” said Barry Beeston, Nissan corporate sales director. “The Nissan Leaf is the ideal choice for this trial as it will turn all 50 drivers into strong advocates of electric vehicles, especially around large urban areas such as London.”
The Low Carbon London project is led by UK Power Networks and supported by a number of organizations including the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and the Institute for Sustainability.
“We will be monitoring the drivers’ charging behaviour and using that to model the type of electricity network that will be needed to support larger numbers of electric vehicles,” said Michael Clark, interim Low Carbon London program director. “The aim of the project is to ensure the electricity network supports the transition to low carbon transport.”
Nissan said it is providing the perfect urban car to extend the Low Carbon London EV trial with a range of around 100 miles and costing just £2.30 to fully charge.