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UK: Nissan LEAF cars take part in EV energy use trial

The new Low Carbon London lease scheme will eventually deliver a total of 50 LEAF cars to businesses and private individuals willing to test electric motoring for a trial which is designed to monitor the electricity usage of the cars and help develop a electricity network able to cope with rising EV numbers.

As part of the project, all the LEAFs will be assigned 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. LEAF leasing customers will agree to have their energy usage monitored and collected as part of the trial.

The new drivers will be also assessing how much electric motoring can save them. 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.

The £28.3 million project, run by UK Power Networks and largely funded through Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund will help develop smart electricity networks across Britain. Other project partners include Greater London Authority, Transport for London and the Institute for Sustainability.

Barry Beeston, Nissan corporate sales director said: “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. 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.”


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