Testing of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF starts in April with UNEP, Islamic Relief and ICRC. Opportunity for 1 additional organisation to test the LEAF for 6 months in the UK.

Nissan LEAF Vehicles set for testing by Aid and Development Organisations

Nissan and Fleet Forum working together to promote zero-emission mobility

GENEVA (20 February 2012) Ten Fleet Forum members will soon be testing the Nissan LEAF in an effort to begin to implement zero-emission mobility by humanitarian agencies. Partner organisations in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Italy will begin testing of the vehicles as part of a ten-month study designed to build knowledge about the benefits of the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the routine work of aid and development organisations. Additional countries and members may be named later.

Nissan and Fleet Forum have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to promote zero-emission mobility in the aid and development sector. Nissan will provide 100% electric Nissan LEAFs to the Fleet Forum for a year free of charge. The Fleet Forum will rotate the vehicles among selected members for up to 10 months each in order for them to experience the benefits of zero-emission vehicles and to encourage them to switch to such vehicles in the future.

Fleet Forum Executive Director, Paul M. Jansen, views the collaboration that led to test vehicles as valuable for all parties that are involved: “The partnership with Nissan perfectly fits in Fleet Forum’s intent to offer our members a range of products and services. The participating members will benefit directly, but in the end all members will benefit. Together with Nissan, we will gather and analyse the test data. We will build knowledge about electric driving. We can advise our members how to maximise the use of electric vehicles. Fleet Forum promotes electric driving because this is a very strong instrument in reducing the environmental impact of the operational activities of Fleet Forum members.”

Nissan’s Corporate Vice President, Simon Sproule, also commented on the partnership: “Fleet Forum is typical of the forward thinking organisations that are embracing the potential of zero emission mobility. This partnership will allow us to demonstrate to the humanitarian and aid community the benefits of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, a five-seater hatchback that emits zero emissions but is also practical and economical to drive,” he said. “The program will also help Nissan better understand the unique needs of humanitarian and aid organisations, as well as the conditions they work under, in order to better meet their needs.”

Nissan and Fleet Forum are optimistic that the Nissan LEAF test program is just the beginning of a partnership that will reduce the environmental impact and improve the overall efficiency of the fleets of aid and development agencies—and has application in commercial transport and corporate organisations as well. Nissan is in talks with Fleet Forum to help it reduce CO2 emissions in its fleet through the use of Nissan’s “Eco Driving” technology.

The Fleet Forum members operate a combined humanitarian fleet in excess of 80,000 vehicles with an estimated operating cost of US$800 million. Fleet Forum was founded in 2003 in order to support aid and development and commercial transport organisations to improve and professionalise the management of vehicle fleets.