Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. is putting its LEAF electric vehicles through trials in South Africa and plans to debut the country’s first electric car in October at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, according to a report in AutomotiveBusinessReview.
Trials of the vehicle are underway through pilot programs in collaboration with Eskom, South Africa’s electricity supplier, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Technology Innovation Agency.
Features of the new electric car include zero emissions, silent and smooth operation, home-charging convenience and combustion engines.
Nissan is the first brand to explore electric vehicle retail in South Africa, said Nissan South Africa Managing Director Mike Whitfield.
“After initially announcing that the Nissan LEAF would grace South African roads at the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show, we are now even more excited to be able to bring full EV mobility to the South African public with a holistic approach,” Whitfield said. “We are honoured that Nissan is the first name on the list of EV manufacturers in South Africa.”