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Nissan LEAF becomes UK’s first electric driving instructor vehicle

Tomlin, who has been a driving instructor for 14 years, was looking for a more economically friendly car for driving lessons but will also reap the benefit of a projected £2,800 saving a year in fuel costs.

Tomlin has already reported a time saving through not having to fill the car up with fuel. By using a local public 50 amp charger during lunch, he can run two lessons in the afternoon as well as three in the morning.

Tomlin expects to cover approximately 25,000 miles a year through his work and will run the LEAF for 18 months before replacing again.

He adds that dual-controlled LEAF has been a hit with pupils who have praised how easy it is to drive and how smooth and effortless the driving experience is.

Tomlin said: ‘Since I took delivery of the Nissan LEAF there has been lots of interest from my fellow instructors and it's easy to see why. The pupils love the car and the immediate success they have had underlines what an easy car the LEAF is to drive. For me personally I'm happy to now avoid the petrol stations and I feel happier for the environment by driving a zero-emissions vehicle.’

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