LeasePlan & Uber To Launch EV Pilot In Amsterdam With Nissan LEAFs

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The auto leasing firm LeasePlan is partnering with the on-demand taxi service Uber for the launch of a new leafpilot in Amsterdam that will see 30 all-electric Nissan LEAFs put into the hands of uberX drivers there, according to a new press release from the companies.

These first 30 all-electric Nissan LEAFs to be used in the pilot will be provided by LeasePlan, starting from the beginning of October 2017.

Notably, in addition to Uber drivers being granted the ability to lease the pilot Nissan LEAFs via the Uber app under competitive LeasePlan terms, drivers will also be able to sign up for free fast-charging station credit with the fast-expanding firm Fastned.

Here’s more from the press release on the matter: “Energy company Nuon will also help drivers find convenient charging stations close to their homes. The aim is to have more than 200 electric cars operational by the end of 2018.

“For Erik Henstra, Managing Director LeasePlan Nederland NV, the pilot is closely aligned with LeasePlan’s broader goals of achieving net zero emissions from the automotive sector by 2030 and supporting the shift to ‘cars as a service’: ‘Uber and Nissan are valuable partners for LeasePlan in our efforts to make mobility more sustainable and accessible. This is a great example of working together to achieve What’s next.'”

Perhaps so. Though, I have to wonder how long Uber is going to manage to stick around while possessing the sort of market share that it owns now. Another couple of years? Longer than that?

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