First driver passes test in Nissan Leaf as Government reveals £500million electric car spending plan

Dr Ahmad Holeihel (left) with Mansel Wetherell of Superpass
Dr Ahmad Holeihel (left) with Mansel Wetherell of Superpass
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NISSAN bosses have welcomed details of how the Government will spend £500million to boost the uptake of electric vehicles.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Transport Minister Baroness Kramer outlined how the Office of Low Emission Vehicles will spend its funding over the next five years.

It includes £200million to continue the Plug-in Car Grant, which sees the Government contribute up to £5,000 towards the cost of new ultra-low emission vehicles.

Nissan builds the all-electric Leaf at its Sunderland plant.

“Nissan is at the forefront of the UK’s pure electric vehicle market, boasting the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf and the 100 per cent electric e-NV200 van, which is due for launch in June,” said a spokesman. “With this in mind, Nissan welcomes today’s commitment from the Government to bolster the uptake of electric vehicles beyond 2015.

“It is particularly pleasing to see the continuation of purchase incentives for plug-in cars and the introduction of measures that will enhance infrastructure and help to create the right environment for electric vehicles in the UK.”

The announcement comes as a Sunderland Royal Hospital doctor becomes the first person in the North East to pass his driving test in a Leaf.

Dr Ahmad Holeihel passed on his first attempt in the car which is the latest addition to the fleet at Newcastle-based Superpass driving school “I had begun driving lessons in an automatic car in Dubai but I really struggled to find a driving school here that provided automatics for learners,” he 

“I was very pleased I was able to choose a car that was not only automatic but environmentally friendly.”