Nissan GB managing director Jim Wright believes the UK is “close to” a tipping point for electric vehicle sales after the company achieved a record level of Leaf registrations in September.
At 782, the sales figure is the highest monthly performance of any market outside of America. And it is more than double the 300 Nissan registered in September 2013.
“We are close to a tipping point. Our order take is doubling every month,” Wright told Fleet News at the Paris Motor Show 2014.
The majority of sales have been retail rather than fleet, but Wright is confident the corporate sector will start to take over next year.
“Fleet has been slower because the leasing company platforms have not been set up for the electric vehicle cost of ownership model,” he said.
“As we see more models come to market, such as the Golf, leasing companies will have to understand the different model – some already do – and adjust to cope with it. It has been a problem for fleets to get quotes up to now, but this is starting to change.”
For vans, Wright described electric as “virtually a no-brainer”, particularly in London.
“Comparing electric with diesel with the same payload vehicle, our figures show a fleet would save £6,000 over four years in London from congestion charging, tax and, of course, fuel. For many, the penny is starting to drop.”