According to figures released this month, Nissan is the UK’s biggest-selling brand to offer both electric cars and commercial vehicles. It is also the biggest supplier of electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) and the second most popular electric brand overall.
Nissan sold a combined total of 10,674 electric vehicles in the UK during the last 12 months. The Nissan e-NV200 minivan, which is available as both a van and a seven-seat people-carrier, secured a 66 percent share of the e-LCV market over the last year.
Nissan sold 2,448 e-NV200 vehicles in 2020, which is more than twice the sales of its nearest rival. The popularity here is down to a range of up to 124 miles (200km) WLTP Combined and 187 miles (301km) WLTP City. Prices are also competitive starting from £20,005 (ex VAT) for the commercial vehicle model and £29,755 for the seven-seat people carrier.
To maintain this electric vehicle lead Nissan has launched its new year offers for January 2021. The Nissan LEAF 40kWh N-Connecta is currently available to retail customers on a zero percent finance PCP, with a 15 percent deposit and monthly payments of £249 per month. This finally puts to rest the perception that electric vehicles are any more expensive to buy than traditional rivals.
The LEAF is capable of driving up to 168 miles (270km) WLTP Combined on a single charge. For those that need a longer range, the 62kWH LEAF e+ version is available with a WLTP Combined range of up to 239 miles (385km). With offers like this and so much charging infrastructure now available making the switch to zero-emissions driving has never been cheaper or easier.
Nic Verneuil, sales director at Nissan GB, said: “These results offer evidence of an increasing number of UK customers choosing Nissan and its market-leading electric range as their zero-emission vehicle and mobility brand of choice.
“Both LEAF and e-NV200 offer class-leading capability and value both from an acquisition and whole life cost standpoint. With significant gains in running and maintenance costs, no road tax to pay and free entry to the increasing number of low emission zones across the UK, the Nissan electric range offers everyday value to savvy motorists looking to upgrade to an electric future – a future we call Nissan NEXT.”