Nissan LEAF Owners Say They Will Not Buy Conventionally Powered Cars Again

More than nine in 10 Nissan LEAF Owners (93%) use it as their main family car, 64% say its better to drive than a petrol or diesel vehicle and there was also one man that sold his Aston Martin to buy a pair of them in order to avoid domestic arguments.

Here are just a few of the insights from a sample of the 6,500 plus Nissan LEAF owners in the UK.

This new research points out the significant financial savings made by owners, but it also highlights how living with the Nissan LEAF in the real world has turned it from a second car to the main family car of many motorists.

From cost per mile being as little as two pence or less**, its understandable that the majority (89%) of those surveyed have reported significant savings against the more conventional fuelled cars. One LEAF driver calculated he had spent just £400 traveling more than £22,000 miles, and many others reported savings of £200-£250 per month.

Some of the LEAF owners reported spending there savings made from the LEAF to buy little luxuries, such as a 3D printer, a vintage synthesizer, holidays and many installing solar panels of their homes for virtually free motoring.

James Wright, Nissan Motor GB Limited Managing Director commented “Electric car ownership was a big step for motorists to take when we launched the LEAF in 2011 but we are now seeing that owners who were bold enough to take that step are reaping the benefits.

“The issues that the naysayers said would hinder ownership have not materialised and, in fact, the feeling from LEAF owners is that they would never go back to a traditional combustion engine. We were the first to bring a mass-produced electric car to market, so it stands to reason that we are also the first to prove the genuine viability of electric motoring.”

More than one in two owners stated they would not go back to a conventionally-powered car, 41% said the car has positively changed the way they drive and 95% claimed they would be happy to recommend the LEAF to a friend.

More than a third said they do not have to plan journeys in advance any more than they did before owning an electric car, especially as the majority (89%) charge them up at home overnight.

Only recently, Nissan Motor GB Limited Managing Director, James Wright, said sales of the British-built model were “reaching tipping point”, with ownership now doubling month-on-month. Boasting 64% Pure EV market share, more than 3,599 cars have been sold in 2014 – almost double the volume sold in 2013 (1,812 in total). In September alone, Nissan’s all-electric family car sold a record 851 cars – more than double the number sold in the same month last year and the largest volume ever sold in one month in a European market.

The Nissan plant in Sunderland has built 24,000 LEAFs, with 147,000 sold globally since its launch.

For more information on the Nissan LEAF visit our website or call our Nissan Durham branch on 0191 3750062.



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