Perhaps it was because of a downturn in sales. Or maybe it was an overstreched expansion plan. Whatever the reason, the UK's NICE Car Company went into "administration" last November and since then, owners and prospective electric car buyers have been wondering what the final outcome would be. Well, now we know. Aixam Mega, who supplied NICE with their Mega City (above), has snapped up the company's assets and will continue to run the London sales office. According to the company's UK general manager Lawrence Holland, "We have retained the key sales and service facilities, as well as some personnel, to make the transfer of business as seamless as possible. Mega drivers should be reassured that, from their perspective, it is now 'business as normal' at NICE Car."

What is left out of the press release that awaits you after the jump is the fate of the non-Mega vehicles in the NICE range. You may recall, the Tazzari Zero was to be distributed by them and the MyCar was expected to arrive last December. While we're pretty sure the sporty Tazzari vehicle can find a future home, we suspect this might be the end of the road for some of the others.

[Source: Aixam Mega Ltd]

PRESS RELEASE

AIXAM MEGA ACQUIRES ASSETS OF NICE CAR COMPANY

Ultra-light electric vehicle manufacturer Aixam Mega has acquired the assets of NICE Car Company, the Ladbroke Grove-based electric vehicle dealer that went into administration in November.

Aixam Mega's wholly-owned British distribution company, Aixam Mega Ltd, has taken over NICE Car's operations, and will continue to operate the sales and service facilities in London, while administrative functions have transferred to Aixam Mega's headquarters in Rugby, Warwickshire.

NICE has marketed Aixam Mega's Mega City all-electric urban vehicle in the London area since 2006, as well as the company's Mega Multitrucks range of ultra-light commercial vehicles.

Aixam Mega's UK general manager Lawrence Holland said that the acquisition gives existing Mega customers in London continuity of after sales service, and will also ensure that the company can continue to move forward with its plans to develop the market for electric vehicles.

He said: "We are fully committed to developing the market for ultra-light electric private and commercial vehicles across the UK, and regard this dealership as an important part of our growing dealer network.

"We have retained the key sales and service facilities, as well as some personnel, to make the transfer of business as seamless as possible. Mega drivers should be reassured that, from their perspective, it is now 'business as normal' at NICE Car.

"Sales of electric vehicles have slowed during the recent economic downturn, and this has contributed to the problems experienced by the former NICE Car management team, but over the longer term sales have been growing steadily. We believe that this growth will continue and that electrics will buck the trends affecting the wider automotive sector."

Aixam Mega is Europe's largest supplier of ultra-light electric vehicles, having invested heavily in the development of electric vehicle technology over an extended period. The company designed the Mega City specifically for the UK market.

The company has two large research and manufacturing facilities in France, 300 employees and produces 15,000 ultra-light vehicles per year. It has recently announced plans to increase production for the UK, European and North American markets.

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