The new Nissan Leaf has become the first 100 percent electric vehicle to join the Motability Scheme, allowing the scheme’s 620,000 current UK users the opportunity to explore zero emission motoring.

The new UK-built Leaf is now available from just £999 Advance Payment (AP). For £1,299 AP, customers can upgrade to the Acenta model featuring Nissan’s CARWINGS telematics system as well as features such as auto lights and wipers, cruise control and a color reversing camera. At the top of the range, the Tekna grade adds BOSE audio, 360° Around View Monitor and leather heated seats and is available for £1,999 AP.

In the UK, a full charge on the Leaf gives up to 124 miles range and costs from around £2 (depending upon time of day) meaning that over a distance of 10,000 miles drivers can expect to save around £1,000 that would otherwise have been spent on the forecourt.

Nissan said its cars are a popular choice on the Motability Scheme with a range well suited to a variety of mobility needs. The introduction of the new Leaf brings something fresh and innovative to the scheme’s existing customers, combining the practicality of a normal medium hatchback with running costs that are a fraction of the price of a petrol or diesel car of its size.

The Motability Scheme is directed and overseen by Motability, a national charity, and enables those people receiving the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement to lease a vehicle through the scheme.

As a Motability Premier Partner, each of Nissan’s 200 plus dealerships has a minimum of two trained Motability sales and aftersales specialists.

“We’re proud that the Nissan LEAF has delivered another first ahead of its rivals to become the first 100 percent electric car on the Motability Scheme,” said Jon Pollock, Nissan GB sales director. “With a starting Advance Payment of just £999 and Motability Scheme specialists at each of our dealerships, getting behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and enjoying low running costs has never been easier.”