EUROPE'S GREEN CAPITAL: Charging points are available at many locations in Bristol and free-to-use rapid-charging points for EVs, such as cities fleet of Nissan Leafs (pictured here), can be found at more than 95% of motorway service stations.
BRISTOL, England - A fleet of five electric Nissan Leafs will provide the driving force behind the City of Bristol’s year-long stint as Europe’s 'Green Capital'.
The English-built zero-emission cars will be used by the Bristol Green Capital 2015 team for a series of inspirational events through the year.
It's the first time Green Capital status has been awarded in the UK and the initiative aims to make Bristol Britain’s most livable city and a role model for city living worldwide.
Perhaps South Africa’s municipalities should keep a close eye on the ancient UK port city’s progress…
'HAPPIER, HEALTHIER CITY'
Director at Bristol 2015 Ltd, Zoe Sear, said: “Transport is one of five themes on which we will focus during our year as a Green Capital. These five branded Leafs are not just a convenient way to get around – they are what the future cars will look like; they are a visual reminder that Bristol is the Green Capital of Europe; a sustainable way for us to get out to events right across the city and engage with the public about what it means to create a happier, healthier city for future generations.”
Karl Anders, national electric-vehicle manager for Nissan Great Britain, said: “The Nissan Leaf has done more than any other model to blaze a trail for electric-vehicle technology and to make electric vehicles a mainstream, practical, realistic option for people.
“We see electric vehicles as the future and so it’s fitting that the world’s bestselling EV is helping to support Bristol’s efforts to become a blueprint for environmentally friendly and sustainable city living in years to come.”
According to Nissan, the four-door, hatchback, Leaf has a battery range of 200km and can be charged from zero to 80% in as little as 30 minutes."
Charging points are available at many locations in Bristol (as they will be soon in South Africa in collaboration with BMW) and free-to-use rapid-charging points can be found at almost all motorway service stations.
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