5.10.2011 Nissan expands LEAF dealerships
Nissan has added another six locations to the network of dealerships equipped to sell and service the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, the reigning European Car of the Year.
The dealerships have been appointed to further improve the regional coverage for LEAF customers in the UK, and take the number of Nissan EV dealers to 32.
These new dealers will be the first in the UK to install the new, smaller quick chargers, which are currently under development, in early 2012. These DC units were revealed in Japan last month, and are to be cheaper than existing rapid chargers whilst maintaining the ability to charge compatible EVs up to 80% in under 30 minutes.
Each of the six dealers are already equipped with a twin-head POD Point charging post and a 16A charging unit, meaning all EV owners can top up their charge when visiting the dealership.
All of the new EV retailers will also have a fully trained EV Relationship Manager (EVRM) who will act as a single point of contact at the dealership for LEAF customers. Each EVRM has been put through an intensive training programme to understand all aspects of owning and driving the 100% electric car and will be able to assist Nissan LEAF customers with any queries they may have.
The new dealerships joining the network are:
* Holdcroft Nissan, Stoke
* Macklin Motors, Glasgow
* Trenton, Hull
* WLMG, Reading
* WLMG, Mill Hill
* Wessex Garages, Bristol
The new Nissan LEAF dealers add to the existing network of 26 charger-equipped dealerships across the UK, and will expand Nissan's recharging facilities. The current EV dealers each have a slow charging 3-pin 13A POD Point charger in addition to a 50 kW DC rapid CHAdeMO style charging unit. Use Next Green Car's Zap-Map to locate the Nissan charging points.
The Nissan LEAF will continue to be priced at £25,990, after the £5,000 Government incentive. The price includes the battery. The LEAF will be built at Nissan's Sunderland plant from 2013, whilst initial global production will continue to come from Nissan's Oppama facility in Japan. There have been initial rumours that when the LEAF is manufactured in the UK, purchase prices may fall a little.
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