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Electric power keeps Avis on the road

Electric power keeps Avis on the road

May 31, 2013

Avis Fleet Services is to deliver the first fleet of totally electrically powered vehicles to the country’s leading electricity provider.

The vehicles, 10 Nissan LEAF models, will be among the first production electric vehicles to be launched in South Africa and, simultaneously, the first to be supplied by a fleet management company in the industry. This follows an agreement between Nissan SA and Avis Fleet Services, which the manufacturer has designated as their fleet management partner of choice in South Africa, says Clive Else, Chief Executive of Avis Fleet Services (AFS).

“Unlike other environmentally-friendly vehicles in South Africa, which are hybrids and rely on a combination of battery power and petrol to deliver fuel savings, the Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electrically powered vehicle to land on South Africa’s shores. The delivery of the first 10 units to AFS is taking place less than two years after the vehicle’s launch in the Japanese, American and selected European markets where more than 60 000 units have already been sold,” says Else.

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