The distinctive and ground-breaking 2011 European Car of the Year, the Nissan LEAF, is becoming a familiar sight to patients and staff at Medway Maritime Hospital, as it transports vital information and specimens to various locations.
The innovative and environmentally friendly car has been recently leased to the Gillingham hospital trust by Beadles Nissan Eltham, in association with Automotive Leasing, in a five year deal.
The hospital, part of Medway NHS Foundation Trust in Kent, treats around 400,000 patients a year, and will use the LEAF to transport blood specimens, reports, pathology supplies and staff around its various sites, as well as information to and from local GP surgeries.
The LEAF is the UK’s first mass produced 100% electric family car, and is particularly suited to the Medway Hospital as the Trust has its own Combined Heat and Power Plant that is a sustainable and efficient way to generate electricity and heat simultaneously. This means it costs the hospital less than £150 a year to charge the LEAF.
The award winning compact 100% electric five-seater family car, comes fully equipped with features such as climate control air conditioning, integrated satellite navigation system which indicates the reachable range and also details public charging points, a colour rear parking camera, a rapid charge socket and internet connectivity, and is a smooth, near silent drive.
It also has a compact lithium-ion battery pack that, when charged to full capacity, gives a range of 110 miles.
Steve Wellard, Transport Manager at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, says: “As a Trust we recognise that due to the scale and diversity of our operations we have the potential to make a significant impact upon the environment and we are committed to continually improving upon our environmental performance. Our Nissan LEAF will be charged using the electricity generated from our newly commissioned combined heat and power plant which supplies low carbon electricity to the hospital. It’s a great addition to our transport fleet and is a visible sign that the Trust is serious about reducing emissions from our activities.”
Beadles Nissan Eltham on Eltham High Street is one of only 26 dealerships in the country that will be fully equipped to sell and service the Nissan LEAF. A specialist EV Relationship Manager (EVRM) is available to all Nissan LEAF customers and is on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice on owning and driving an electric car.
Each EV dealership will have a rapid battery charger installed where customers are able to charge their Nissan LEAF up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. This network of fast charger means that over 90% of the UK population are no more than 50 miles from a rapid charger.
Andrew Bullimore, Brand Manager at Beadles Nissan Eltham, says: “We’re delighted that the Trust is leasing a Nissan LEAF and we’re confident that it will be a useful and adaptable addition to its fleet. The LEAF truly cements Nissan’s place as an innovative, futuristic, thoughtful car manufacturer.”
For more information: www.nissan.co.uk/leaf