International fleets turn to popular green cars

Any fleet manager who needs further convincing of the viability of electric vehicles need only look at what the top fleets in Europe are doing.

A growing number of public sector organisations in Europe are recognising the cost benefits of running a green fleet and are investing heavily in Nissan LEAFs - one of the world's most popular and bestselling EVs.

The Japanese firm announced in an August 30 media release that a range of law enforcement, emergency and health services are turning to the LEAF as their choice of support vehicle.

Portugal, France, the UK and Switzerland are leading the shift to battery-powered vehicles, with other countries set to follow suit later in the year.

The move is in response to the growing global focus on sustainability and zero emissions, as well as the huge cost savings that fleets stand to make when adopting green vehicles.

"Emergency first responders and law enforcement communities rely heavily on their vehicles," said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of electric vehicles, Europe.

"The fact that so many forces across Europe are choosing Nissan LEAF for urban-based community support roles shows how significant zero emissions and low running costs - fuel and maintenance -  have become."

Mr Diernaz added that public service fleets that invest in green cars can then reinvest these savings into further supporting the communities they serve.

For example, the West Midlands Police force in the UK has added 30 LEAFs to its fleet, which will be used primarily to visit crime victims and for other pre-arrange purposes.

This will allow the force to use the rest of its fleet for other vital duties in protecting the community, while also protecting the environment.

"The LEAFs fit in perfectly with our operational requirements and will significantly cut our fuel costs while also reducing our carbon footprint," said Bob Jones, police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands Police.