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Fleet Forum members to test drive five electric vehicles Nissan LEAFs for a year

Nissan will lend five electric cars with lithium ion batteries Nissan LEAFs to the Fleet Forum for a year free of charge.

Fleet Forum members to test drive five electric vehicles Nissan LEAFs for a year
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Fleet Forum, the first independent association that supports humanitarian organizations to improve and professionalize the management of vehicle fleets, have partnered to promote zero-emission mobility.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties, Nissan will lend five 100% electric cars with lithium ion batteries Nissan LEAFs to the Fleet Forum for a year free of charge. The Fleet Forum will rotate the electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries Nissan among selected members for a few months each in order for them to experience the benefits of a zero-emission vehicle and to encourage them to switch to such vehicles in the future.

The participating members will be chosen by the Fleet Forum and Nissan. Eligible organizations will have professional fleet management and an environmental strategy. The program will start in the second half of the year following the announcement of the selected members.

“Fleet Forum aims to set the standard in the market for transport management on Road Safety, Green driving and cost efficiency. Fleet Forum Members enables its members to improve their performance in safety, emissions reduction and cost efficiency of operations. The partnership with Nissan perfectly fits in Fleet Forum’s intent to offer our members a range of (knowledge) products and services. The participating members will benefit directly, but in the end all members will benefit. Together with Nissan we will gather and analyze the test data. We will build knowledge on electric driving. We can advise our members how to maximize the use of electric vehicles. Fleet Forum promotes electric driving because this is a very strong instrument in reducing the environmental impact of the operational activities of Fleet Forums members,” said Fleet Forum Director, Paul M. Jansen.

“Fleet Forum is typical of the forward thinking organizations that are embracing the potential of zero emission mobility. This partnership will allow us to demonstrate to the humanitarian and aid community the benefits of the 100% electric car Nissan LEAF, a five-seater hatchback that emits zero emissions but is also practical and economical to drive,” said Nissan’s Corporate Vice President, Simon Sproule.

“The program will also help Nissan better understand the unique needs of humanitarian and aid organizations, as well as the conditions they work under in order to better meet their needs,” he added.

Nissan is also in talk with Fleet Forum to help it reduce C02 emissions from its fleet through the use of Nissan’s “Eco Driving” technology. Nissan and Fleet Forum believe that the Nissan LEAF test program is just the beginning of a partnership which will reduce the environmental impact of fleets of humanitarian and corporate organizations.

The Fleet Forum members operate a combined humanitarian fleet in excess of 80,000 vehicles with an estimated operating cost of US$800 million.

Nissan, together with Alliance partner Renault, aims to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility. As part of its comprehensive approach to promote sustainable mobility, the Alliance has partnered with more than 90 governments, municipalities and companies worldwide to prepare the necessary infrastructure and incentives for the successful adoption of electric vehicles.
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