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Nisan LEAF electric car causes a real buzz at Whitehaven Festival

LECTRIC cars caused a buzz at Whitehaven Festival thanks to car giant Nissan joining forces with Britain’s Energy Coast.
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FRIENDS ELECTRIC: The mayors of Copeland and Allerdale officially cut the ribbon during the launch event of Nissan’s new electric car, the LEAF. From left, Jason Edgar from J Edgar & Son; Steven Szostak from Britain’s Energy Coast; mayor and mayoress of Allerdale Bill and Valery Bacon; mayor and mayoress of Copeland Geoff and Sandra Garrity and Paul O’Neil from Nissan UK

A specially-branded edition of the latest model of the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF vehicle made an eye-catching display during the three-day event.

It followed an official unveiling ceremony which included local dignitaries, Nissan’s LEAF product director Paul O’Neill and Britain’s Energy Coast chief executive, Steve Szostak.

Representatives from Nissan dealer J Edgar and Son, of Rowrah, promoted the advantages of electric motoring and the new LEAF model, which will be entirely made at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. It can travel up to 124 miles on a single charge and can be charged in as little as four hours using a specialist charging point.

Britain’s Energy Coast discussed its plans to explore the installation of a series of electric vehicle charge points in strategic locations throughout West Cumbria.

Jason Edgar, owner of J Edgar and Sons, said: “The Whitehaven Festival gave us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the latest LEAF model, which is a true British manufacturing success story.

“Many people are still learning about the benefits of electric cars and we hope to persuade more people to make the switch. While these cars can be charged from any power point, public charge points will be increasingly important as more electric vehicles take to the road. That’s why we’re delighted to be linking up with Britain’s Energy Coast, who are looking to do just that here in West Cumbria.”

Steve Szostak said: “Moving to greener ways of living, and working, is central to our ambition to regenerate West Cumbria. The Whitehaven Festival marks the first opportunity for Britain’s Energy Coast to promote its plans to explore the installation of electric vehicle charge points.
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