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Nissan’s Leaf Answers Support Vehicle Call Of Duty

As part of its Nissan 360 company technical overview, Nissan highlighted how law enforcement teams, firefighters and medics are adopting the Nissan Leaf as their emergency support vehicle.

Emergency services in Portugal, France, UK and Switzerland have deployed Leafs as community support vehicles, with a number of other countries considering making the switch to battery power in 2013.

“Emergency first responders and law enforcement communities rely heavily on their vehicles,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of Electric Vehicles Europe. “The fact that so many forces across Europe are choosing Nissan Leaf for urban-based community support roles shows how significant zero emissions and low running costs – fuel and maintenance – have become. As well as helping to save the environment, vastly reduced fuel bills mean a fleet of Nissan Leafs can make a serious contribution to a bottom line, making budget savings that can be reinvested in supporting the communities in which they serve.”

In that spirit, French community nurse Sylvie Lailler purchased in June the 10,000th Nissan Leaf to arrive in Europe since sales began in March 2011. She uses her Leaf to make daily house visits to elderly patients near the north west of Paris.

The Leaf has been chosen by the various first responders for differing reasons but Nissan said all cite the car’s zero emissions credentials as the most important motivation for the switch from conventional gasoline and diesel cars.

The first force in the world to go electric was Portugal’s PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública), which has been running eight Nissan Leafs as part of its Safe School Program for the last year. Fitted with blue flashing lights, sirens and clear ‘Polícia’ markings they can also perform other police duties at any time.

“We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet,” said Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP. “We want to continue contributing to the reduction in pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet.”
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