July 07, 2012

Nissan and Fleet Forum kick-off Electric Vehicle Demonstrator Programme in Switzerland

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Fleet Forum handed over a 100 per cent electric Nissan Leaf to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Programme (WFP), signaling the start of the Electric Vehicle Demonstrator Programme.

Under the agreement, Nissan is providing five Nissan Leafs to the Fleet Forum programme for a year free of charge. The first two organisations, announced, receive the Nissan Leaf for 6 months each to experience the benefits of electric mobility, and to encourage them to add zero emission vehicles to their fleet. After they have completed their six month loan periods, the vehicles will return to the programme to be lent to another of the 50 active members of the initiative. At the end of the 12 month period, Nissan and Fleet Forum plan to review feedback from the participants in order to strengthen their partnership further.

"The World Food Programme welcomes the opportunity to test electric vehicles in urban environments in collaboration with Nissan and Fleet Forum," said Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director and COO. "As a leader in humanitarian logistics, WFP is committed to using efficient vehicles across its operations. Innovative technologies, like the Nissan Leaf at the WFP office in Geneva and at Rome headquarters, contribute to WFP's efforts to reduce its carbon emissions."

"The Nissan Leaf testing program comes right on time as the International Committee of the Red Cross is looking how it can utilise vehicles with the lowest level of emissions." said Dario Moro, Vehicle Fleet Manager at ICRC.


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