Nissan LEAF To The Rescue
The Law enforcement teams, across Europe are adopting the Nissan LEAF – the worlds most popular electric vehicle as a key frontline emergency support vehicle.
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Europe said: “Emergency first responders and law enforcement communities rely heavily on their vehicles. 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.
“As well as helping to save the environment, vastly reduced fuel bills mean a fleet of Nissan LEAFs can make a serious contribution to a bottom line, making budget savings that can be reinvested in supporting the communities in which they serve.”
The LEAF has won many awards and has been chosen by the various first responders for differing reasons but all cite the car’s zero emissions credentials as the most important motivation for the switch from conventional petrol and diesel cars.
The first police force in the world to go electric was Portugal’s PSP (Policia de Seguranca Publica, they have been running wight Nissan LEAF’s as part of its Safe School Program for the last year. They are fitted with blue flashing lights, sirens and clear police markings as they can also perform other police duties at any time.
Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP, said: “We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet. We want to continue contributing to the reduction in pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet.”
The West Midlands Police in the UK have placed an order for 30 Nissan LEAFs for use by its officers to visit victims of crime and attend other pre-arranged meetings as ‘diary cars’.
Bob Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands Police said: “The LEAFs fit in perfectly with our operational requirements and will significantly cut our fuel costs while also reducing our carbon footprint.”
Meanwhile, to accommodate its new fleet of Nissan LEAFs, the UK’s County Durham Fire and Rescue Service has ensured its new headquarters currently under construction at Belmont, Country Durham, is EV friendly. Three charging points are planned as the service looks to further expand its environmental commitment by adding more electric vehicles to its fleet.