Chance to take the Nissan Leaf for a spin

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DRIVERS can now get behind the wheel of the first mass-produced electric car in the country.

After months of anticipation, the Wearside-built Nissan Leaf, voted 2011 World Car of the Year, is ready to be test driven in the region.

Wearsiders will get the chance to try one of six models which will be available from The Centre for Life in Times Square, Newcastle, from 9am to 7pm, from May 21 to May 27, as part of a European City tour.

Newcastle has been chosen as one of the two flagship UK cities to showcase Nissan Leaf as it is one of the first nationwide locations to be named as one of the Plugged-In Places.

The North East is investing in electric vehicle charging points and aims to have 1,300 in Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough by 2013.

To experience a 30-minute road test in one of the innovative, no petrol, no exhaust pipe and no gearbox cars, with a smooth, near silent drive, customers can book a test drive on Facebook by logging on to