Nissan has handed over the keys to a Leaf to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. With the Spring 2011 launch of London's city-wide plug-in vehicle membership scheme, Source London, it's fitting to have at least one Leaf on hand. Through Source London, Johnson champions plug-in vehicles and will supposedly install 1,300 public-use chargers across the sprawling city by the end of 2013. Upon receiving the Leaf, Johnson stated:
Technically, the Nissan Leaf is on loan to Transport for London and will be used by the city's Surface Transport staff to service traffic signals and roadside cameras. The Leaf joins a garage full of other electric vehicles that are part of Transport for London's permanent fleet.Zero-emission electric cars are perfect for city driving, not only delivering cheaper day to day running costs for their owners, but also helping to bear down on pollution levels. I am pleased to accept a Nissan Leaf on Transport for London's behalf so more of our staff can experience the silent, smooth electric experience for themselves, whilst carrying out their duties.