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Leaseplan supplies Philips' first EV

Date: 16 August 2011

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LeasePlan has supplied global health company Philips with its first electric Nissan Leaf vehicle in the UK.

Building on LeasePlan and Philips' existing partnership, the Leaf will be the first fully-electric vehicle in the company's fleet. The car will be used as an onsite pool car, available to all employees for local journeys.

Phillips is also installing a charging post at its UK head office in association with Easit, a sustainable transport initiative. The post will operate as part of a reciprocal use agreement being pioneered by Easit and other employers across Surrey, Crawley and the Thames Valley.

Jonathan Coles, HR Director, Philips Healthcare said: "We are pleased to be leading the way in electric vehicle implementation in the Surrey area. We will be interested to hear the thoughts of our employees about whether this is something the company will further embrace in the future."

Leaseplan's commercial director Matt Dyer added: "We are delighted to be supporting Philips in this sustainable initiative. This ground-breaking vehicle fits well with their - and our - commitment to greener fleet. This represents just one way in which LeasePlan is helping our customers to better understand the value of electric vehicles in commercial fleets."

Mel Mehmet, chief executive, Easit said: "Philips has been one of our most forward-thinking customers and it comes as no surprise that they are leading the way and increasing their alternative transport capabilities. We are now working with other companies across the region to expand this initiative."

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