Sales of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 in the fleet market in Europe rose for a fourth consecutive year in fiscal year 2015, up 45% on the previous fiscal year. Nissan sold more than 7,500 LEAFs and e-NV200s to fleet operators and municipalities in Europe, commanding a 28% share of the pure electric fleet market. More than 20,000 Nissan EVs have been sold to fleet customers across Europe since launch.
In addition to the low operational cost (~€0.03 per kilometer), owners benefit from low maintenance costs. With fewer moving parts, Nissan EVs provide estimated maintenance costs up to 40% lower than gasoline or diesel alternatives. Furthermore, many European fleet owners can also benefit from varied incentives offered by governments across the continent.
Postal services are among the service providers that have taken advantage of the benefits associated with switching to electric. Österreichische Post AG, the Austrian state postal authority, already utilizes 160 e-NV200s and has recently confirmed an order for 100 additional units.In the UK, Nissan has sold more than 350 EVs to public entities and the
City of Bari in Italy has just launched a car sharing service in cooperation with ACI Global using 30 Nissan LEAFs.
In the UK, Nissan’s total EV fleet sales for FY15 were up 43% compared with FY14, with 2,573 combined LEAF and e-NV200 sales versus 1,806 for the previous financial year. Electric vehicles now make up around 3% of all fleet sales with an increasing number of major contracts including West Midlands Police renewing its fleet of 30 Nissan LEAFs and upgrading to the new 30kWh model.
Almost 220,000 LEAFs have sold worldwide since introduction. In FY15, 16,916 Nissan LEAFs were sold in Europe, securing a new annual record.