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 and its surrounding airports, Nissan in partnership with A2A is installing 17 public EV rapid chargers, 13 of which will remain free of charge following the UEFA Champions League Final weekend.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe said: “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.
“Poor air quality and increasing greenhouse gas emissions are very real challenges facing cities all over the world, including Milan. Zero emission vehicles provide a tangible solution to these challenges, and the fast charge stations built by Nissan in Milan will be decisive regarding the take up of all-electric mobility and will be left behind after the final for the public.”
Today’s announcement marks an important step in the brand’s commitment to making zero emission technology accessible to all and paves the way for Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, a 360-degree approach to a smart automotive future announced at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan’s ‘Intelligent Mobility’ vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, anchoring critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society.
Nissan’s project in partnership with A2A promotes clean, sustainable mobility in a significant metropolitan area of Europe by offering one of the most advanced infrastructure networks. Last week the Milan Town Council inaugurated the Nissan project for the installation of 12 rapid chargers on municipality area in partnership with A2A. The initiative represents the largest fast charge infrastructure installation in a single city in Italy. This week two rapid chargers will be installed at Malpensa airport and a further three at Linate airport, one of which will remain after the UEFA Champions League Final.
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. 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 than the previous model, delivering up to 250km of driving range on a single charge, beating all of its competitors within the segment.