Nissan announced that 20 2016 Nissan Leaf EVs have covered 900 km from Nice to Paris on a single charge. This feat was achieved with the help of the updated Leaf’s larger 30 kWh battery and France’s Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) Auto/Train service.
The 30 kWh battery equipped Leaf can cover 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge but thanks to this innovative scheme by the company, owners can travel long distances with reduced running costs. The SNCF service connects Paris to several family holiday destinations such as Avignon, Lyon, Biarritz, Marseille, Bordeaux, Narbonne, Fréjus-St Raphael, Toulon and Toulouse.
Nissan Leaf owners can also avail of free charging at selected train stations and airports as well. A special discount scheme that was launched on December 3, 2012 enables a completely free one-way journey and gives 30% discount on all other SNCF Auto/Train trips.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of EV at Nissan Europe says, “Nissan aims to make EVs an affordable, practical but exciting solution for motorists worldwide. Combining the upgrade with schemes like the SNCF Auto/Train partnership further enhances the travel capabilities of Nissan’s EVs, giving owners the ability to travel great distances at greatly reduced costs, offering limitless sustainable vacation possibilities.”
The 2016 Nissan Leaf with 30kWh capacity will be produced at the company’s Sunderland UK factory; sales in the UK will commence in December.