The Nissan LEAF is definitely gaining popularity with drivers over here in the United States. As more and more people warm to the idea of a means of transportation that relies entirely upon an electric drivetrain, we are seeing a good number of these EVs out on the road. It really does seem like the LEAF does a good job of transporting most people on their everyday routes. The real world driving range of around 73 miles as tested by the EPA is more than enough to carry the average person along their daily commute or to go run a few quick errands. A real sign of how well the car is being received though can be seen in Portugal.
The Portuguese police are implementing eight of these all-electric hatchbacks into their fleet of around 5,000 vehicles. While these cars are scheduled for use in the Safe School Program and for other light work like parking duty, they are also fully outfitted to “perform other police duties at any time” if they need to. As you can see in the pictures, these Nissan LEAFs have been outfitted with police decals and blue sirens. One of the key benefits of the LEAF as a police vehicle is its near silent operation; allowing it to arrive undetected at the scene of a crime. The country’s strong network of EV charging stations is what really makes this idea feasible.
If you ever find yourself speeding in Portugal, look out for these LEAF police cruisers. Until then, if you want to check out the Nissan LEAF you can stop by Nissan of Clinton to see one in person and learn more!