Nissan is involved in an exciting new initiative aimed at providing advice and guidance to fleet managers – especially in the sphere of electrification.
The manufacturer, widely regarded as a leader in the EV space, is embarking on a new partnership with the Association of Fleet Professionals in the first collaboration of its kind.
The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are active institutional customers keen to receive guidance on issues that impact on the operating efficiency and effectiveness of their vehicle operations.
A hot topic, of course, is electrification – and few automakers are as well placed as Nissan to offer expertise in this area. The manufacturer launched the first mass-market all-electric car, LEAF, more than a decade ago, while its zero tailpipe emission LCV, e-NV200, has proven incredibly popular with companies and organisations of all shapes and sizes.
Its recently-announced successor, Townstar, with both fully electric and petrol powertrain options, looks set to be equally successful.
Earlier this year, Nissan unveiled its plans for EV36Zero, a £1 billion flagship Electric Vehicle Hub in the North-East, creating a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem.
In addition, the manufacturer is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050. As part of this effort, by the early 2030s, every all-new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets will be electrified.
Under the partnership announced today, Nissan will be working with the AFP to launch a range of measures.
- A survey of AFP members will be carried out once a month to gain feedback on the questions and issues they want to know more about. Each month, the focus will be on a different topic.
- Results will be shared with members via a new EV hub on the AFP website.
- The hub will also feature a list of frequently-asked questions, Nissan product information, plus news and information about upcoming EV events such as training sessions and webinars.
Nic Verneuil, Sales Director at Nissan Motor (GB), said: ‘‘The world of fleet procurement has changed immeasurably in recent years, thanks largely to developments in technology, especially around electrification.
‘‘The landscape for fleet managers has therefore become rather more complex than it used to be. As a brand, Nissan wants to help. Not only do we have the heritage, leadership and expertise when it comes to EV, we have the passenger car and van solutions.
‘‘By partnering with AFP, we can come together to contribute to the valuable work the organisation does for its members and help fleets make the switch to EV.’’
Paul Hollick, Chair of the Association of Fleet Professionals, said: ‘‘We are excited by the new microsite – the partnership with Nissan has given us the ability to invest further into the EV topic on behalf of the members and the industry. For fleet managers, it is an essential go-to place for all things EV.’’