Saturday, June 1, 2019

Nissan Electrifies UEFA Champions League Final


Nissan is powering the UEFA Champions League Final by providing 363 Nissan Leaf vehicles and e-NV200 vans to transport officials and visitors to Madrid, creating a mega-fleet that will cover more than 220,000 all-electric kilometers.

Organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), it’s considered as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

For its part, 2019 marks Nissan’s fifth season as the Official Automotive Sponsor. Through one of the world’s largest sporting events, the carmaker aims to improve air quality and reduce the environmental impact on the host city during the high-traffic weekend with the largest zero-emissions fleet in the history of the competition.

This year the Nissan fleet also includes a Nissan Leaf NISMO RC 2.0 race car, which will be used by Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos as he delivers the UEFA Champions League Trophy from the UEFA Champions Festival in Puerta del Sol to the Estadio Metropolitano.

With dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and an aggressive body shape, as well as a custom-designed aerodynamic trophy display case for this event, the Leaf NISMO RC 2.0 demonstrates the latest in the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. It has double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, containing advanced electric battery technology and drivetrain components sourced from the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric car.

The final comes as Nissan prepares to begin deliveries of the new Leaf e+ to European customers, introducing a new 62kWh battery with a range of 385 kilometers, new personalization options, and equipped with Nissan's e-Pedal and ProPILOT technologies.

The city of Madrid has banned old diesel and petrol cars from some parts of the city center as part of a move to reduce congestion and pollution. A new low-emissions zone covers 472 hectares and means that all petrol vehicles registered before 2000 and diesel ones registered before 2006 are banned from the area unless they are used by residents of the area or meet other exemptions. Only vehicles with zero emissions are permitted in downtown Madrid and the city has installed more than 110 car chargers to encourage further electrification. To bolster that infrastructure over the course of the UEFA Champions League Final weekend, Nissan has added an additional 36 chargers around the city which will all be deployed in Spain after the event.

The Leaf remains the world's best-selling electric vehicle, with global sales of more than 410,000 and sales in Europe leading the competition with 41,589 units in 2018.

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