Nissan Leaf becomes first 100% electric car on the Motability Scheme

Posted on 9 Aug 2013 by The Manufacturer

The UK-made Nissan Leaf has joined the range of cars available on the national Motability scheme for disabled drivers and war veterans.

The Leaf is the first 100% electric car to join the scheme which offers vehicle leasing to individuals claiming the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement.

To enhance the attractiveness of the Leaf option, Nissan, which makes the Leaf in Sunderland, has partnered with British Gas to provide home charging units for its cars.

The 16Amp data-enabled Home Charging Unit (HCU) which will be made available free of charge by Nissan and British Gas for Motability members who opt for the Leaf. The unit can charge the car battery from empty to full in 8 hours.

Jon Pollock, Nissan GB sales director said: “We’re proud that the Nissan Leaf has delivered another first ahead of its rivals to become the first 100% electric car on the Motability scheme.”

The Nissan Sunderland plant has produced more than seven million cars since it was established in 1986 with 85% of production exported.

The factory is touted as the most efficient automotive plant in the world. In produced 510,572 units across four car models.