Backed by strong residual values, Nissan believes its zero-emission Leaf hatchback will make a compelling case for fleet operators when it reaches UK roads in Spring 2011.
However, they face a lengthy wait.
“The market has realised it is the first credible and cost-effective vehicle of its kind and we already have more than 500 orders,” said corporate sales director Tony Lewis.
“At the moment, we have the capacity to complete first deliveries by summer, but long lead times look likely.
“We should be better able to match demand in 2013 when assembly starts in Sunderland, but until then, delays will be inevitable.
”The 3yrs/30,000 miles CAP RV of £11,550 is 48% of the post incentive price and suggests this car will find a good market when it leaves its first owner. The leasing companies are also telling us they think that will be the case.”
He said the Leaf’s low running costs, zero benefit in kind over five years and no employer NI contributions mean “the arithmetic stacks up” for fleets.