Europcar to introduce Nissan Leaf in London and Paris

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Car Rental News - 13/02/2012


Car hire firm Europcar has moved closer to putting Nissan Leaf electric cars on the roads of Paris and London.

The company announced late last week that hit had bought a lot of 10 Nissan Leaf all-electric models, which will be used for a three-month trial period in both the French and British capitals.

The firm said that three of the five Leaf cars headed for London would be available for leisure guests whilst the other two would be available for hire to corporate travellers. Should the pilot prove successful, Europcar officials said that the program would be expanded to several additional markets in the UK, France and other cities around Europe.

Nissan International’s vice president of sales operations, Guillaume Cartier, said that the program could even lead to higher sales of electric cars because the rental scheme allows consumers to try them out before buying one.

The news likely comes as a relief to the office of London mayor Boris Johnson after he was warned a week ago that his goal of getting around 100,000 electric vehicles on London roadways could take “centuries” to accomplish.

The move by Europcar follows the implementation of Hertz’s 2011 electric vehicle program, which brought the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to the UK capital.

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