Nissan Leaf on Sale Country Wide by 2013

Every single Nissan Dealer in the United Kingdom will be required to not only sell Nissan­s range of electric vehicles by the end of 2013, but also service them. This was revealed by the company­s newly appointed UK MD, Jim Wright, in an exclusive interview with Motor Trader.


Nissan­s plug-in electric car started appearing on showroom floors in March. Currently there are still only 26 specialist dealers where you can buy a Leaf. According to Wright, availability will improve once the model­s production has been shifted from Japan to Sunderland. This is scheduled for 2013.


He added: ¬By 2013 we want 100 per cent to be selling the Leaf. By then we­ll have some form of critical mass in terms of infrastructure and availability of product. With Sunderland production starting in 2013 the tap will be turned on.®


Up to now Nissan has sold just over 700 Leafs and the company expect sales for the first year to total 1,500. At the moment the Japanese factory can only provide a limited number of these vehicles, but once production has been moved to Sunderland the capacity will increase to 50,000 units a year. Most of these will be produced for the European market.


Wright continued that the number of UK sales points needed to be increased drastically if the company wanted to see a return on its electric vehicle investment.

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