West Midlands Police have taken delivery of 30 new electric cars.

The force became the first in the country to operate an electric patrol car in 2009 and last summer trialled the Nissan Leaf on all 10 local policing units (LPUs) across the area.
Following the success of the trials and feedback from officers who use the cars on a daily basis, West Midlands Police has negotiated with Nissan to lease the Leaf for the next three years.

The 30 vehicles will be split evenly across the force area and used as ‘diary’ cars – attending pre-arranged appointments with victims and other members of the public who have contacted police.
Director of Resources, David Wilkin, said: “The cars can carry five people, will be liveried with the force crest and will help to reduce our carbon footprint as they have zero emissions.

“As well as being greener, the Nissan Leaf costs a fraction of the cost per mile to run compared to a petrol car so will provide significant savings on fuel costs.”

The cost to fully charge the car is £1.75 compared to a full tank of fuel, which costs around £50.00.

With a range of between 70 and 80 miles from a full battery charge, the Nissan Leaf can reach speeds of a conventional vehicle.

Mr Wilkin added: “The current diary cars average 40 to 45 miles a day, so the new Nissans are ideally suited for their day to day needs.

“The battery will be charged via dedicated installations at each LPU, though recharging is also possible using a normal three-pin socket.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, said: “I welcome the introduction of the new cars. Their arrival will help the force save money on fuel costs at a time where we continue to face financial challenges and will also help us to do our bit for the environment.”

Barry Beeston, Nissan Corporate Sales Director, said: “It’s fitting that the UK’s largest corporate Leaf deal to date is with such a prestigious institution in the West Midlands Police.
“The Leaf is becoming ever more popular as fleet managers see the benefits of 100% electric vehicles and massively reduced running costs.

“We’re delighted to hear the police are already enjoying driving the Leafs and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”


  1. So in order to save money i take it the police are mothballing 30 of the proper cars…otherwise i don’t get the saving.


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