ORLANDO – OUC–The Reliable One plans to add as many as 10 zero-emission, all-electric Nissan LEAFs to its current fleet in the fourth quarter of 2010. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, the five-passenger hatchbacks can travel 100 miles on a single eight-hour charge and cost about 1.2 cents per mile to operate.
The Nissan LEAFs will join more than 775 vehicles (including 14 hybrids and one plug-in) in the OUC fleet, which logs more than 4.7 million miles annually. The “plug-ins” will be used for OUC service calls and will also be showcased for educational purposes.
“OUC hopes to lead the way for Orlando to become ‘plug-in ready,’” said Byron Knibbs, vice president of sustainable services for OUC. “Our line trucks run on biodiesel and the addition of the Nissan LEAFs to our fleet further demonstrates our commitment to making cleaner transportation a priority by continuing to embrace fuel-efficient technology.”
Nissan is showcasing the LEAF during a 22-city North American Tour, which kicked off in November. OUC has partnered with the car manufacturer to bring the tour to Orlando on February 1 and 2, 2010 at a location to be determined.
“Orlando is the only city in Florida selected to participate in the LEAF rollout,” said Jennifer Szaro, renewable energy manager at OUC. “We’re excited to help showcase the Nissan LEAF’s addition to our fleet and our commitment to help establish an electric-vehicle charging infrastructure in OUC’s service area.”
The LEAF is initially being made available to fleet operators and a select group of individuals. Nissan announced it will begin taking reservations from the general public in spring 2010. Prices are expected to be comparable to a Toyota Prius.
Learn more about OUC’s biodiesel and hybrid vehicles.