The service team at Westover Nissan in Bournemouth have silently raised £276.78 for Macmillan Cancer Care by encouraging service and MOT customers needing a courtesy car to give the all-electric Nissan LEAF a try. For every customer prepared to go electric, Westover Nissan has contributed £2.50 to a charity collection car – a scaled-down model of a Nissan LEAF.
The LEAF courtesy car collection brings the total donated by Westover Group to Macmillan in the last 18 months to more than £7,500. Westover’s South Coast showrooms - based in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Corfe Mullen, Ferndown and Poole - are currently Macmillan’s top ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ fundraisers in Dorset.
“We're trying to spread the word about just how great electric motoring is," says Sallyann Tanner, electric vehicle expert at Westover Nissan. “Encouraging our service customers to use the LEAF for a day or two means they have a chance to check it out on a 'business as usual' day to assess how it fits into their lives. We've yet to see anyone return without a smile on their face and very often people come back with a completely different mindset about the pros of driving a fully electric car. Even when we've had to gently cajole customers into using the LEAF the feedback we've had has been overwhelmingly positive, with an almost unanimous verdict that it's just like driving a 'normal' car, plus that it was a great deal faster than anticipated!
“It's perfect that we've been able to combine our mission to get more people sampling electric motoring with Macmillan's mission to generate funds locally."
The LEAF is a technologically advanced family car with five doors, a good sized boot and an automatic gear box. It emits zero CO2 emissions and can be recharged via a standard 13 amp plug socket overnight or in just 30 minutes at one of the rapid charge points found at car showrooms, shopping centres, car parks and other public places. The average monthly cost to drive a LEAF is around £20, compared to £157 for a similarly sized diesel powered car, meaning LEAF owners make an average annual fuel saving of just over £1,600.
The Nissan LEAF is still available as a courtesy car at Westover Nissan. Please ask at service reception or, to arrange a longer test drive, please contact Sallyann Tanner on 0800 999 2325 or pop into the showroom.