Dorset Chamber of Commerce’s membership services team will be driving around the county without spending a single pound on petrol for the next six months. DCCI’s staff will be attending all the Chamber’s official events in a fully-electric Nissan LEAF, on loan from Westover Nissan in Bournemouth (Westover also operates a second Nissan showroom in Salisbury). The car will bring a saving of around £200 each month for the Chamber – the average amount spent getting to and from events in a petrol-engine car. An electric vehicle charging point has been installed outside the DCCI offices. Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber, and Lorraine Hubbard, Marketing and Communications Manager, visited Westover Nissan to unveil their Nissan LEAF last week, seeing their liveried vehicle for the first time. Sallyann Tanner, electric vehicle specialist at Westover Nissan, visited the Chamber this week to train the team, advising them how to operate the car’s high tech and communicative cabin and showing them just how easy it is to use. She also offered the Chamber’s drivers charging advice and energy saving driving tips.
“None of us had driven an electric car until now, so we’re all looking forward to getting out and about in the LEAF and experiencing it first hand,” says Ian. “Initial impressions are good and I think it’s fair to say that we were all surprised by its nippy attitude and its ‘normal car’ looks. We weren’t expecting it to have five doors, nor to have quite so much space on board. It will be very gratifying to make the savings on our fuel bill but I fear it will mean we struggle when it’s time to go back to the petrol pumps! “Our thanks go to Westover Nissan for allowing us the opportunity to give electric motoring such a comprehensive road test.” Keep your eyes peeled for the DCCI Nissan LEAF. There will be a prize draw each month, which people who have spotted the car out and about in Dorset can enter. If you see it, just email firstname.lastname@example.org - reporting where and when you saw it - and you’ll be entered into a monthly draw to win a £10 M&S voucher. For more information, please call Sallyann at Westover Nissan on 0800 999 2325, pop into the dealership on Wallisdown Road in Bournemouth or click through to our Nissan pages.