Nissan earns uni place

Nissan is going back to uni after the Manchester Metropolitan University became the latest academic institution to add electric vans and cars to its fleet.

The university has taken three e-NV200 vans and two Nissan Leaf cars, claiming that fuel costs have been slashed by 80% and carbon emissions are down eight per cent. It now plans to replace the remaining 18 vehicles in its fleet with electric alternatives when they come up for renewal.

Jason Smith, transport co-ordinator for Manchester Metropolitan University, said, ‘The reaction to the new electric vehicles has been fantastic and in the few months we’ve had them we haven’t had a single issue. As an organisation we are always striving to improve our environmental performance and our Nissan EVs are already making a significant contribution to that. But the savings on fuel alone make moving towards an EV fleet a real no brainer.

‘As more of our vehicles come up for renewal and wherever it’s possible for them to be electric, they will be.’

The university has also installed 24 charge points across its Manchester and Crewe campuses, including two rapid chargers.

Manchester is now one of 20 academic institutions across the UK using electric vehicles. A number of other universities are also trialling the vans.