Britain takes delivery of first Nissan e-cars
Leaf wafts in
The first batch of Nissan's Leaf battery powered e-car have arrived in Blighty.
Not that our allocation is a large one - just 67 of the zero-emission motors, Nissan admitted.
It said some
270,000 27,000 of the cars have been reserved by punters around the world
The company describes the Leaf as "the world’s first affordable all-electric car", for which it's asking £28,900, though you currently get £5000 of that paid by the government.
Leaf deliveries will start the the "coming weeks", Nissan said. It has been allowing punters to reserve Leafs since September 2010 at the payment of a £257 deposit.
The zero-emission car is currently built in Japan, Nissan said, but will be manufactured in Sunderland from 2013, following the start of production of lithium-ion batteries for such cars at the plant in 2012.
Nissan claims the Leaf has a range of 109 miles, based on the New European Driving Cycle test, which measures urban fuel economy - low speed, low engine load - and extra-urban fuel economy - high speed driving, essentially.
Nissan reckons that's sufficient for 80 per cent of the trips Britons make, which are all 30 miles or less. You'll need to keep your old car if you want to travel further than that in one go. ®
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Spotted a typo in your article. Shouldn't:
> though you currently get £5000 of that paid by the government.
read "paid by tax payers"?
About those coal mines
I think you will find it is Labour who shut down more coal mines than the conservatives FACT!
Sorry to sound like a Daily Mail groucho
But I somewhat agree. I mean saving the planet, reducing emissions is all very laudible but I can't see why my taxes have to go towards funding someone else to buy an electric car, I work hard, very hard (60+ hour weeks at the moment) and still drive around a clapped out F reg car. I hope to change that soon as I have been saving all year to buy a half decent car (ok, not megabucks still) whilst in some small way I'm allowing somebody with the most of the money to buy an electric car, to buy one! I'd love one, but I don't have the money, so therefore never in my wildest dreams would I expect the taxpayer to cough up so I could afford one.
More fool me I guess, maybe I should just throw myself onto the entitlement bandwagon and be done with it.