Essen is getting an electric start to its year as the European Green Capital – with support from Nissan, the global electric mobility pioneer.
As the new main sponsor, the Japanese auto manufacturer is providing the city of Essen with a fleet of 15 electric vehicles. The two partners are therefore working together on what will be a central theme for the coming twelve months: the sustainable reshaping of mobility.
The first three Nissan LEAFs and two e-NV200s were handed over at the Rüttenscheider Stern in Essen on Friday, 13th January 2017.
Thomas Hausch, head of Nissan Center Europe GmbH, presented a symbolic oversized car key to Essen’s Mayor Thomas Kufen and Simone Raskob, Head of the Environmental and Construction Department for the city of Essen and Green Capital Project Manager.
“Essen, the European Green Capital, and Nissan, the world’s leading e-mobility brand – we make an excellent team,” says a delighted Thomas Hausch.
“We have already sold more than 275,000 electric vehicles worldwide, covered more than three billion kilometres in everyday use and set up over 4,000 quick-charge stations across Europe. 95% of our customers are very satisfied with our electric vehicles. Now, we want to use our many years of experience and expertise to make the European Green Capital ‘electrically mobile’ with guidance and assistance. We look forward to working together.”
“Electric mobility is a central topic for the future – climate-friendly and environmentally friendly, resource-saving and efficient.” Thomas Kufen emphasised.
Simone Raskob added: “In recent decades, our city has proven its ability to transform itself. Promoting electric mobility in the Green Capital year will be the initial spark for a further step towards a sustainable future.”
The Nissan electric fleet will be used by the project office and various city offices. Both theNissan LEAF and the Nissan e-NV200 are predestined for the city: they can transport people and materials with virtually no sound and with no emissions of CO2 or other pollutants.
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