SPAIN is the latest European country to promote car sharing as the perfect way to introduce the benefits of zero emission electric vehicles to drivers.
The Spanish schemes, run by a division of ALD Automotive, are aimed primarily at small business without the resources or need for a full company car fleet. Instead, employees can take advantage of strategically located ‘shared’ Nissan LEAFs to go to meetings or make deliveries.
Cars can be hired for as long as needed with transactions completed quickly and simply using just a mobile phone – which effectively becomes the vehicle’s key –negating the need to visit a rental company’s office to pick up a vehicle.
As well as streamlining logistics and reducing business costs, by using the zero-emission all-electric LEAF, the users will be making a positive contribution to the environment.
Pedro Malla, CEO of ALD Automotive, said: ‘With this delivery of 23 Nissan electric vehicles we are kicking off a service which is designed to maximise the use of EVs by businesses and which reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship.’
Marco Toro, Managing Director Nissan Iberia, said: ‘Nissan’s zero-emission mobility project is being built with transactions like the one we have signed with ALD Automotive. By adding Nissan LEAF to its fleet, it helps reduce emissions and noise pollution in cities and also introduces electric vehicles to new customers.’
The Spanish initiative follows similar schemes recently started in Estonia and Germany.