Nissan LEAF dealers announced

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Nissan has appointed its network of dealers who will be supplying the electric Nissan LEAF when deliveries start in March 2011 in the UK.

The outlets will be fully equipped to sell and service the LEAF from February 2011. The dealers have been chosen to give the best regional coverage for LEAF customers and for their commitment to customer service.

All 24 Nissan EV dealers will have a fast charge facility which will allow EV customers to charge their Nissan LEAF up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. This network of fast chargers will mean that over 90% of the UK population are no more than 50 miles from a fast charger.

Following the format used to sell the GT-R supercar at Nissan High Performance Centres, the Nissan LEAF dealers will have a sales specialist, an EV Relationship Manager (EVRM), who will act as a single point of contact at the dealership for LEAF customers.

The EVRM will be put through an intensive training programme to understand all aspects of owning and driving the 100% electric car and will be able to assist Nissan LEAF customers with any queries they may have. In addition, a dedicated call centre has been set up to assist customers with questions.

Customers who have already placed an order for a Nissan LEAF can now choose their preferred dealer. Once chosen, every customer will be contacted by their respective EVRM and offered the opportunity to test drive the Nissan LEAF early in 2011. At this point the customers will formally confirm their order.

Customers have been able to pre-order the Nissan LEAF online at www.nissan.co.uk/leaf since 1 September. The appointment of the dealer network is the next step in getting these prospective buyers closer to owning a Nissan LEAF.

The 24 EV dealers are:

Aldershot: West Way Aldershot
Belfast: Hurst Nissan Centre
Birmingham, Acocks Green: Colliers Nissan
Bournemouth: Westover Nissan
Cardiff: Wessex Garages
Colchester: Glyn Hopkin Ltd
Edinburgh: Alex F Noble & Son
Exeter: JFE
Halifax: Lightcliffe Nissan
London SE9: Beadles Nissan Ltd
London SE20: Ancaster Penge
Newcastle: Benfield Motors
Norwich: Desira Nissan
Oxford: West Way Oxford
Peterborough: Smiths
Preston: Fred Coupe (Preston) Ltd
Southampton: West Way Southampton
Stockport: West Way Stockport
Stourbridge: West Way Stourbridge
Sutton Coldfield: West Way Birmingham
Tunbridge Wells: Motorline
Waltham Abbey: Glyn Hopkin Ltd
Wincanton: FJ Chalke
Worthing: Yeomans

The Nissan LEAF was voted European Car of the Year 2011 by a jury of 57 motoring journalists from 23 European countries on 29 November 2010.

The LEAF will be priced at £23,990, taking into account the £5,000 Government incentive for electric vehicle buyers and the recently announced 20% VAT rate, both to be introduced from January. The price includes the battery.

The car’s AC motor develops 109PS of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 90mph. It can travel up to 110 miles on a full charge (based on the New European Driving cycle).