As the official global automotive sponsor of Europe’s most prestigious football competition, Nissan will supply more than 100 electric vehicles to UEFA and associated sponsors to transport guests and officials during the final weekend.
The company will also have the honour of transporting the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy in a specially designed e-NV200 all electric trophy van to the fan festival at Duomo di Milano on Thursday 26th May where it will remain until the big match. Ahead of the final on Saturday 28th May, a unique Nissan LEAF will then take the trophy to the San Siro stadium as part of the UEFA Trophy Parade.
As a gift to Milan, Nissan in partnership with A2Ais installing 17public EV rapid chargers,13 of which will remain free of charge to the Milan Town Council following the UEFA Champions League Final weekend.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europesaid: “The final in Milan this weekend marks the climax of another exciting year partnering with the UEFA Champions League – the most prestigious football tournament in the world. We began this journey last season and we were delighted to provide electric vehicles and charging points in Berlin, a journey we look to continue at the final this year in Milan. The great relationship we have with UEFA means we have been able to provide something long lasting and positive to both cities during our first two seasons as a sponsor of the UEFA Champions League. The fast charge stations built by Nissan in Milan will be decisive regarding the development of electric vehicle mobility and will be left behind after the final for the public to use at their disposal”.
Nissan’s project in partnership with A2Apromotes clean, sustainable mobility in a significant metropolitan area of Europe by offering one of the most advanced infrastructure networks. The initiative represents the largest fast charge infrastructure installation in a single city in Italy.
Nissan was the first automaker to launch a mass-market, 100 percent electric vehicle with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in 2010. Fast forward to 2016, and the Nissan LEAF remains the best-selling all-electric vehicle of all time, globally.
“South Africa and Mauritius are already part of the global Nissan EV community with the introduction of Nissan LEAF,” said Nissan SA managing director Mike Whitfield. “Although we are some way from rolling out EVs in our other Sub Saharan African markets, we are delighted at the prominence of ourbattery-powered range throughout the UEFA Champions League. Attracting an audience across Africa, the tournamentis a perfect platform to showcase Nissan innovation and leadership in zero emission vehicle technology.”
Earlier this year, Nissan reaffirmed its status as a leader in the development of zero emission technology with the launch of the Nissan LEAF 30 kWh which goes 26 percent further thanthe previous model, delivering up to 250km of driving range on a single charge, beating all of its competitors within the segment.