The matter of electric cars in the UK has been a hot topic in the early months of 2013, with the Transport Committee recently calling for the Government to clarify plans for improving perceptions of electric cars and encourage a greater uptake amongst the British public.
Several manufacturers will be constantly monitoring any Goverment actions on electric vehicles (EVs), including Nissan along with other brands such as Renault, Citroen and Peugeot.
Now a response to those car companies has arrived, as the Government introduces a new £37 million scheme for local EV charging infrastructure.
As part of the scheme, the Government has announced that it will contribute 75 per cent to the cost of an installed charger at a home address anywhere in the UK. As well as the home charging bonus, the Government has announced some other major benefits for the entire charging network.
Working with local authorities, the new scheme will see a 75 per cent contribution to the cost of installing public chargers such as rapid chargers, which can charge a LEAF to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes, and also other on-street public chargers.
In addition to this, Government is contributing 75 per cent towards the cost of installing charging points at railway stations, while any public sector organisation, such as the police, NHS or the local government wanting an on-site charging point will now have the installation carried out for free.
Nissan meanwhile has already begun playing its own part in supporting the UK charging network, developed its own Quick Charger technology and has already donated 86 of these free of charge to the UK to help kick-start the country’s charging network.
The Government’s announcement comes with production of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF and a new lithium-ion battery plant set to launch at the company’s record-breaking Sunderland Plant during spring 2013.
Reacting to the Government’s new scheme, the Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, John Martin, commented: “We are at a crossroads in personal mobility. Nissan is proudly pioneering zero emission technology through our UK operations and we are delighted that the UK Government is showing it shares our commitment to the transport of the future”.
Martin added: “Electric vehicles become a way of life if the charging infrastructure is in place and Governments are committed to helping drivers to make the switch. We know this from the experiences of Nissan LEAF drivers in countries like Norway where a network of charge points is already in place”.
Regarding Nissan’s production plans for the Leaf EV at Sunderland this spring, Martin also remarked: “Manufacturing lithium-ion batteries and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF at our Sunderland Plant has already put the UK at the forefront of electric vehicle technology”.
“This announcement has the potential to make the UK a global leader in EV infrastructure and in turn to accelerate the introduction of electric vehicles in Britain.”
The Nissan Leaf, available now from £23,490 after a recent £2,500 price cut, is a practical five-door family hatchback driven by a 109bhp electric motor.
With this zero-emission powertrain, the Leaf has a maximum project range of 100 miles and it can be fully charged with a standard 240V power source in seven hours.
Standard equipment for the Nissan Leaf includes satellite navigation and a rear-view parking camera. The Nissan Leaf also carries an impressive five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
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