Nissan Leaf available for hire through Europcar

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 10, 2012

Europcar (Europe's top car hire company) and Nissan have announced that beginning February, the Nissan LEAF will be available for short term hire in Paris and London, two of the busiest capitals in the world. This award-winning 100% electric vehicle and 2011 World and European Car of The Year has a homologated range of 110 miles or 175km, which is greater than what 90% of commuters drive in a day in United Kingdom.

Europcar Chief Operating Officer Rafael Girona stated that the car hire company has "long believed" in electric automobiles as a sustainable means of mobility. He added that the company is dedicated to enabling early adoption of this type of automobile. He further stated that they are "proud" to engage with Nissan in facilitating the expansion of electric automobiles and providing customers with the "greenest possible mobility solutions."

Even if driving the Nissan LEAF is as easy as with a traditional vehicle, every customer who hires this vehicle will be given a face-to-face handover by a Europcar representative who has full training on the vehicle and its features.  For those in London, this will be a particularly vital development as Mayor Boris Johnson is aiming to establish London as Europe's electric vehicle capital.

To simplify the process in hiring the LEAF, Europcar will recharge the vehicle completely free of charge. The company will also waiver the standard service fee normally made for automobile refueling. Customers will also have peace of mind, as they can call a Nissan Hotline with any questions they might have regarding the car. In addition, the company will seek feedback from every customer at the end of the hire so that it can shape future generations of Nissan electric automobiles.

With the new Nissan LEAF, even the tiniest of details can bring about a tremendous effect. The car’s front styling is characterized by an upright V-shaped design that features long light-emitting diode or LED headlights with blue internal reflective design. This look seemingly tells everyone that the car is special. However, the headlights are actually more than just a statement. They have been designed to split the airflow and redirect it away from the door mirrors, therefore lessening the wind noise and drag. Additionally, the headlights consume only 10% of the electricity that conventional lamps use up, therefore helping the car achieve world-class range autonomy.

The Nissan LEAF’s interior sports bright trim colors, creating a stylishly pleasing cabin environment. Its color theme is an environment-friendly "blue earth," inspired by the Aqua Globe color of the Nissan LEAF introductory model’s body. This refreshing color scheme is carried well into the car’s interior through blue instrument illumination and dashboard highlights.

What’s more, the Nissan LEAF is equipped with an exclusive and advanced IT system. This system connects to a global data center, which enables it to provide you with the support, the information, and even the entertainment you need 24 hours a day.

There’s also a dash-mounted monitor that displays the LEAF's remaining power and "reachable area," as well as a selection of charging stations near your current location.

Additionally, the car has a state-of-the-art feature that enables you to use your mobile phone to turn on the air-conditioning unit and to set charging functions, even if your car is powered down. Also, you can pre-program an on-board remote-controlled timer to recharge your batteries.

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