The Leaf is gaining “traction” with fleets following the introduction of a range-extending larger battery, according to Nissan managing director Jim Wright.
Last year, Nissan sold 5,200 Leafs, a figure is expects to exceed “a bit” this year. “The next volume growth will be when the next model comes,” Wright said.
However, he added: “We are getting traction now in fleet – scepticism is falling. It was ones and twos; now are 10s and 20s. And in van , it is in the 20s and 30s. A lot are in the public sector.
“I anticipate that once business understands how it can work for them, it will be a breakthrough for us in fleet.”
Wright doesn’t foresee a seismic jump in range when the next Leaf comes to market in 2017. “It will continue to be a stepped improvement,” he said.
The current model has official range of 155 miles for the 30kWh model; expect the next step to be in excess of 200 miles.