A northeast car salesman is leading UK electric vehicle sales campaign after becoming the first in the country to sell 200 pure electric Nissan LEAFs.
Gareth Chandler of Benfield Nissan in Stoneygate Close, Gateshead, is singlehandedly outselling entire dealerships.
Built in Sunderland, the LEAF is the world’s bestselling all-electric car – with more than 111,000 sales worldwide and well over 4,200 in the UK – and costs a claimed two pence per mile to run.
But it’s 34 year-old Gareth’s sales approach and commitment to the model that is finding favour with customers across Tyne and Wear and beyond.
And his success has brought him to the attention of Nissan bosses who invited him to speak at a national electric vehicle conference and have even commissioned a video about him.
Chandler said: “I’ve sold so many because I live and breathe the LEAF. It’s a brilliant car and I love it.
“Many potential customers have questions about moving away from a conventional car to an all-electric vehicle and, because I drive one all the time, and have immersed myself in the product, I’m able to talk to them knowledgably and from personal experience."
Chandler said the news of his sales success came as a surprise.
He explained: “I hadn’t actually sat down and worked out how many sales I’d done until Nissan approached me about it.
“It came as a big surprised but I was really proud to be asked to speak at the conference and feature in their video.”
Paul O’Neill, electric vehicle manager at Nissan GB, said: “Gareth’s made a massive contribution to the LEAF’s ongoing and growing success in the UK and his approach is a shining example of best practice.
“His enthusiasm for the LEAF is truly infectious and it’s his belief in the product and his passion for it that have helped him sell so many."