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Electric car launch turns cost of motoring back thirty years

Tue.22.Mar.2011 GMT

Nissan LEAF six times cheaper to run than equivalent petrol car.

From the 21st March hard-pressed families have the chance to bypass the crippling cost of filling a tank with the launch of the world’s first affordable, mass produced 100% electric car.

The Nissan LEAF, which goes on sale across the UK from the 21st March, promises to turn back the clock thirty years to an era when the cost of fuel was six times cheaper than it is today.

And just 48hrs before George Osborne addresses the issue of fuel duty in his much awaited Budget statement drivers are being offered the chance to embrace the new dawn of electric motoring.

With fuel costs having reached the record £6 per gallon* barrier the all-electric Nissan LEAF costs approx. £2 for a full charge (providing a 110 mile range). An equivalent sized petrol engine car would cost, on average, £12 to travel the same distance.

This is effectively turning back the clock on motoring costs to levels not seen since 1979 when petrol cost just £1 per gallon.

The LEAF which is on sale at £25,990–including a £5,000 Govt incentive is already sold-out for the next six months as motorists eager to save money queue up to get behind the wheel of the revolutionary car.

Watch the following video to see the key handover and customers driving the LEAF for the first time at Waltham Abbey Dealers, with Paul Willcox, MD, Nissan Motor GB and Nissan Leaf customers.

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