Siemens choses Nissan Leaf to become the first electric vehicles on its UK fleet

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2011

The Nissan Leaf has been selected to become Siemens’ first electric vehicles on its UK fleet. Presently, three Leaf units are being used as employee pool vehicles at Siemens’ Industrial Turbo Machinery business in Lincolnshire. The global engineering and technology giant has made an order for seven additional vehicles for its other UK locations such as the new Renewable Engineering Centre in Manchester.

Siemens is putting the Leaf at the center of its electric vehicle (EV) fleet plans based on its high profile industry role in the development of sustainable technology.

According to Mark Bonnor-Morris, business development manager of Siemens Mobility and Logistics, Traffic Solutions, the Leaf is being used to transfer people between its sites in London and is doing so with zero emissions.

After Jeremy Clarkson and James May of Top Gear announced the need for Lincoln to have charging points, Siemens installed its own high power advanced charging solutions. The company is currently cooperating with the Lincoln City Council to set up EV charge points throughout the city.

Bonnor-Morris added that the choice of the model depended on the “quality of driver experience.” He said that its staff sat in the Nissan Leaf and quickly noted that it offers the comfort and feel of a standard road car and that there’s no “culture shock” whatsoever in using it.

Inside the Nissan LEAF is an advanced IT system that is connected to a worldwide data center, ensuring that the driver gets the needed information and support 24 hours a day. It can even provide entertainment.

There is also a monitor that has been mounted on its dashboard and displays the remaining power of the vehicle. It also shows the reachable area and even the choice of charging stations in the near area. It does have a number of advanced features like being able to use a mobile phone to activate the air-conditioning or even allow the charging functions to be set.

While this feature is available in some other models, what sets the LEAF apart is that it can do this even if the vehicle has been powered down. Recharging the batteries can also be pre-programmed using the remote-controlled timer inside. Its interior is also excellent in terms of design as the use of bright trim colors results in an atmosphere that is both stylish and pleasing.

Inspired by the body color, Aqua Globe, on the introductory version, the new LEAF comes with a blue earth color motif. This is seen all throughout the interior and even on the instrument illumination and the highlights of the dashboard.

Another interesting thing about the new Nissan LEAF is that it is a good example of how even small details can result to a big impact. A good example is how the front has been styled.

It comes with a vertical and sharp V-shaped design which includes the long headlights slanted upwards and the use of light-emitting diodes or LEDs. Additionally, the way it makes use of an internal reflective design in blue that gives it a special appearance. It is not limited to design though as the headlights have been designed as well to first split and then redirect the flow of air away from its door mirrors resulting in lower drag and wind noise.

Given that it uses LEDs, electricity consumption is at10% of what it would have been used using standard lamps. All of these contribute to the LEAF’s class leading range autonomy.

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