Nissan, over the weekend (1st June 2019) powered the UEFA Champions League final by offering 363 Nissan Leafs and e-NV200 vans to transport officials and visitors in Madrid. Currently in their 5th season as the automotive sponsor for the Champions League, Nissan provided a fleet of over 220,000 all-electrical kilometres.
This year the Japanese Manufacturers’ fleet also included a LEAF NISMO RC 2.0 race car, which was used by Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos when he delivered the UEFA Champions League Trophy from the UEFA Champions Festival in Puerta del Sol to the Estadio Metropolitano.
With dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and an aggressive body shape – as well as a custom-designed aerodynamic trophy display case for this event – the LEAF NISMO RC 2.0 demonstrates the latest in the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. It has double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, containing advanced electric battery technology and drivetrain components sourced from the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric car.
The final comes as Nissan prepares to begin deliveries of the new LEAF e+ to European customers, introducing a new 62kWh battery with a range of 385km, new personalisation options and equipped with Nissan’s e-Pedal and ProPILOT technologies.
Gareth Dunsmore, Divisional General Manager of Marketing Communications, Connected Car Services, Customer Experience, at Nissan Europe, before the game commented: “The Champions League Final and Nissan’s electric vehicles are a perfect match because they are both exciting and at the top of their game. We are thrilled to offer attendees the experience of zero emissions transportation on the streets of Madrid, a city that is already at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.”
The Nissan LEAF is made at Nissan’s award-winning plant in Sunderland, UK, for export to markets across Europe, including Spain. The LEAF remains the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, with global sales of more than 410,000 and sales in Europe leading the competition with 41,589 units in 2018.