The world’s most energy efficient car carrier has docked at the Port of Tyne carrying 60 Nissan LEAFS in preparation for the March 1st UK sales launch. Thanks to its unusual design the City of St Petersburg uses its aerodynamic bow to reduce wind resistance by 50% reducing CO2 emissions by 2,500 tons per year.
Cars will be driven off the ship for distribution to 25 Nissan EV dealerships around the UK. LEAFS will continue to be imported from Japan until 2013 when production will begin at the Sunderland plant.
The LEAF was awarded 2011 European Car of The Year, the first time an electric vehicle (EV) had ever been nominated in the awards 48 year history, beating 34 combustion engine cars to the title.
As an all electric car, the LEAF produces no tail-pipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions when in use. It is powered by a lithium ion battery pack, rated at 80 kilowatts – this powers the car to a top speed of over 90mph and can reach 0-60 in less than 10 seconds. It will have a driving range of 109 miles on a full charge.
The LEAF will cost £23,990 when it goes on sale in the UK – this includes a £5,000 Govt incentive.