Mrs Lailler will be driving the Nissan LEAF on visits to patients and using it with her family at the weekends. She picked the car up from the Mantes-la-Jolie dealership near Paris.
Mrs Lailler bought the 100 per cent electric family car after being impressed on the test drive: ‘I purchased the car because its low running costs really make sense for my work.
‘I needed a proper family car and I wanted a zero-emission vehicle to replace my diesel hatchback – the Nissan LEAF was the best choice. My family were reluctant to get an electric vehicle, but after the test drive my husband told me he wanted it to drive to work.
‘He will not get the keys from me easily though!’
She continued: ‘As a nurse I know the effect that the poor air quality in Paris has on people, so it makes me feel good to know that by driving an electric car, I am not adding to that. I will mostly be using it for work, driving between patients, but I am also looking forward to taking the LEAF on the Autotrain to the south of France with my family for our holiday in the summer.’
The Nissan LEAF went on sale in Europe in March 2011 in a handful of markets and is now available across the region as the demand for electric vehicles increases.
Nissan Europe Director of Electric Vehicle, Jean-Pierre Diernaz, is delighted to have hit the 10,000 sales milestone: ‘This is an important moment for electric cars in Europe and comes at a time where we are seeing a sales momentum building for the Nissan LEAF across the region.
Shift in attitudes
‘In March we sold more than 1,000 LEAF models, which was the best month since the car was launched. In April we were the second best selling car overall in Norway.’
He added: ‘We are seeing a shift in attitudes to electric mobility, with more people buying electric cars and the infrastructure developing at an ever increasing rate. We have hit this landmark just as we prepare to introduce the new European-manufactured Nissan LEAF with over 100 improvements into the market.’
The new Nissan LEAF, which is being built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory, will go on sale across Europe in June, with more than 100 changes and upgrades inspired by real life customer feedback.