Nissan Leaf already gets place in museum

Richard Davies, from the Transport Museum displaying his new Nissan Leaf Electric car
Richard Davies, from the Transport Museum displaying his new Nissan Leaf Electric car
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IT may be the car of the future – but the Nissan Leaf has already been bought by a museum.

The electric vehicle will not be used as an exhibit at the Isle of Man’s Jurby Transport museum, but it is proving popular with visitors.

Museum director Richard Davies, who bought the Leaf, said people are more interested in his daily drive than the vintage vehicles on display.

“It’s quite a contrast alongside the older exhibits,” he added.

Richard was one of three Leaf owners invited by Nissan to answer questions about its latest all-electric endeavour, at the Grand Designs exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC.

“The whole concept of the car is brilliant,” he said.

“It’s a proper electric car from the ground up, unlike hybrids.”

The decision to manufacture the Leaf in Sunderland, from ealy next year, represents a £420million investment by car giant Nissan, and will help safeguard 2,250 jobs at the plant and across the UK supply chain.