West Midlands Police Take Delivery of 30 Nissan LEAFs
West Midlands Police (WMP) have taken delivery of 30 Nissan LEAFs in the UK’s largest corporate LEAF deal to date.
There will be ten local policing units (LPUs), running three “diary car” LEAFs each: these cars will be used to attend per-arranged meetings with victims of crime and locals who have contacted the police force. These “Diary Cars” average 40 to 45 miles per day which makes the LEAF a perfect candidate for the WMP’s day to day needs, as the LEAF’s range is 124 miles between charges.
The WMP Fleet Services held a trail last summer, which was successful and the decision was made to order 30 LEAFs and spread them evenly across each LPU. The feedback has been positive, with the police drivers praising the LEAF for its arresting looks and zero emissions when in use.
Dedicated charging points have been installed at each LPU, meaning the officers won’t have any problems charging or have problems finding leads. A full recharge will cost a mere £1.75 helping WMP keep there cost’s under control.
Barry Beeston, Nissan corporate sales director said: “It’s fitting that the UK’s largest corporate LEAF deal to date is with such a prestigious institution in the West Midlands Police. The LEAF is becoming ever more popular as fleet managers see the benefits of 100% electric vehicles and massively reduced running costs. We’re delighted to hear the police are already enjoying driving the LEAFs and we hope they’re enjoying going after a new type of lead!”
Bob Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police said: “We welcome the new LEAFs, which fit in perfectly with the operational requirements of diary cars and will significantly cut our fuel costs while also reducing our carbon footprint.”