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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