If you were to drive 3,000,000 miles in your average internal combustion-powered car, you’d spend about £350,000 in fuel and kick out almost 900 tonnes of carbon. That’s not good in anyone’s book, is it?
If you did the same trip in a Nissan Leaf, however, the numbers are ever-so-slightly different. Fuelling the beast would cost a mere £60K for a start, and zero carbon would be deposited over the landscape you chose to scale.
Why are we talking about travelling three million miles, you might quite rightly ask? Well, it’s a figure which Nissan EVs in the UK have just reached when being used in the form of taxis. Whether it’s the Leaf or the e-NV200 van, it’s clear to see electric public transport is on the up.
There’s now over 140 licensed electric Nissan taxis in the country, with plenty more on order. We may not quite be at the stage where the stereotypical image of the ‘black cab’ has been altered, but if this pattern keeps up, we’re sure that EVs will become an increasingly important part of a city’s aesthetic. Which can’t be a bad thing, right?