Nissan’s Electric Fleet Sales Increased 45% In Europe In 2015

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

Nissan’s European electric vehicle fleet sales — primarily sales of the Nissan LEAF car and the e-NV200 van — climbed to record levels for the fourth year in a row during fiscal year 2015, according to a recent press release from Nissan.

The climb in fleet sales was a pretty significant one — a 45% year-on-year increase from fiscal year 2014, reportedly. Altogether, the company sold over 7,500 Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200s to fleet operators and local municipalities throughout Europe.



As a result of the strong growth, Nissan managed to capture a 28% share of the total all-electric (EV) fleet market in Europe during the year. To date, Nissan has sold more than 20,000 EVs to European fleet customers since the launch of its electric fleet business.

A new press release provides some information concerning the potential advantages to fleet operators when going with Nissan’s offerings:

Offering optimum practicality and driving comfort combined with low running costs, the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 are truly viable options for fleet operators across the region. Costing approximately €0.03 per kilometer to run, owners also benefit from low maintenance costs that make for unrivalled total cost of ownership. With fewer moving parts, Nissan EVs provide estimated maintenance costs up to 40% lower than petrol or diesel alternatives. Furthermore, many European fleet owners can also benefit from varied incentives offered by governments across the continent, all whilst saving on energy consumption; providing a cost-effective, simple solution to reduce their carbon footprint.

…Postal services are among the many service providers that have been particularly quick to take advantage of the clear benefits associated with switching to electric. Österreichische Post AG, the Austrian state postal authority, already utilises 160 e-NV200s and has recently confirmed an order for 100 additional units.

The Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, Gareth Dunsmore, commented: “It’s great to see Nissan EV fleet demand going from strength-to-strength as businesses catch on to the many marked advantages electric vehicles have to offer. Nissan not only offers a great pure electric range for businesses, but we have also employed EV fleet specialists in most European countries, trained to provide advice and support to customers, offering analysis of total ownership costs and charging infrastructure. This strategy has proved incredibly effective at assisting businesses who are interested in zero emission technology, but need some guidance on making the switch to zero emission motoring.”

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4 thoughts on “Nissan’s Electric Fleet Sales Increased 45% In Europe In 2015

  • Nissan don’t break the sales down between Leafs and e-NV200s. That to me suggests the latter is having a hard time breaking in. A pity, because it’s a really innovative product and deserves more from taxi fleets and the like.

    • With regards to the e-NV200, it might have a bit of a problem for use in taxi fleets.

      Firstly, many taxi fleets nowadays have relatively more comfortable vehicles. The e-NV200 is not far removed from a goods deliver van.

      Also the range is a bit of a problem. Taxi, unlike private cars, tend to be out on the road for a lot longer and possibly further than private cars and tend therefore to rack up more mileage. They are in fact only making money if they are being driven. The range of the e-NV200 is probably a little too small for a commercial vehicle.

      Check out this great review of the e-NV200 from an enthusiastic leaf owner:

  • I really wish they had brought the e-NV200 to the US. I would have bought one and since there doesn’t seem to be any pure EV van/mini-van’s in the US for sale it would be in its own class.

  • It’s hard to understand why Nissan expects the Leaf mechanicals to suffice for a much heavier vehicle, especially laden.

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