For reasons best known to Nissan, I’ve travelled all the way to Norway to test the newly updated Leaf electric car, which is now built in the UK.
Despite appearances, there is some sort of logic to my journey from London to Oslo to drive a car built in Sunderland. First, it’s a lot nippier here – indeed a few frozen flakes of snow are wafting about in the air – all the better to show off the Leaf’s newly improved heater. And secondly, Norway is by far the biggest market for Leafs in Europe, and for EVs in general. About 40% of the 10,000 Leafs sold in Europe to date live here, with demand stoked by attractive taxation, well developed charging infrastructure, and great perks like access to bus lanes.