20 September 2021
Nissan will be the Official Automotive Supplier for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon, providing a fleet of 100 per cent electric, zero emission vehicles for the event on Sunday 3 October.
The vehicles used will be Nissan’s two electric vehicle models, the Nissan LEAF passenger car and e-NV200 LCV which has both van and passenger car variants.
This is the second year Nissan has supported the Virgin Money London Marathon, having been Official Vehicle Supplier in 2020 when its electric e-NV200 van acted as lead vehicles to the elite races which took place on a closed-loop course around St James's Park.
As well as helping to deliver a more sustainable race event, Nissan’s presence at the Virgin Money London Marathon will have a strong focus on its commitments to diversity and inclusion. Nissan will also be working with charitable organisations supporting disabled and LGBTQ+ runners across the country in order to enable more people to engage in the sport.
Nissan will not only be supplying the time-keeping vehicles for the event, but will be there to cheer on all of the participants on the route from the official Nissan LGBTQ+ Cheerzone, which will be sustainably powered by a Nissan LEAF.
Nic Thomas, Marketing Director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd: “Nissan is very proud to be supporting one of the world’s most prestigious running events. By focusing on running – an already inclusive sport – Nissan hopes to champion under-represented communities and bring its vision of zero inequality to life, while supporting the sustainability of the events through zero emission support vehicles.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said; “We are committed to driving positive change in environmental sustainability through our actions and we’re proud to be partnering with Nissan to further reduce our environmental impact and lead the world in mass participation event sustainability.”
In addition to the participants taking on the traditional route, more than 40,000 runners are set to take on the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October, which will make the event the biggest marathon in the world.
About the London Marathon
The London Marathon was first held on 29 March 1981 and the millionth finisher in the history of the event crossed the line in 2016.
The 40th Race took place on Sunday 4 October 2020 with elite races on a biosecure closed-loop circuit around St James's Park and 38,000 runners around the world running the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on the course of their choice any time from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST. Participants were able to download the Virgin Money London Marathon app powered by TCS to record their run. All finishers received a New Balance finisher's t-shirt and medal.
In 2019 the Virgin Money London Marathon raised £66.4 million for charity, setting a new Guinness World Record for an annual one-day charity fundraising event for a 13th successive year. This brought the total raised for charity since 1981 to more than £1 billion.
London Marathon Events gifts its surplus each year to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Since 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling in excess of £93 million to more than 1,490 projects in London and across the UK.
About Nissan Electric Vehicles
Nissan currently produces two 100% electric vehicle models, the Nissan LEAF passenger car and the e-NV200, a compact LCV available in both van and passenger variants. Nissan will also soon introduce the Ariya, a 100% electric SUV with a range of up to 310-miles (WLTP) from a single charge.
Over 208,000 European LEAF customers and 42,000 e-NV200 owners have joined Nissan, the pioneer in mass-market electric vehicles, as it continues its commitment to electrification. LEAF has led the way for mass-market electric mobility, with over a decade of innovation and success, whist e-NV200 revolutionised the electrification of light commercial vehicles with a class-leading offering for commercial and private customers alike.
The Nissan LEAF is produced in Sunderland, UK and is available with two battery capacities – 40kWh and 62kWh – with ranges of up to 168-miles and 239-miles (WLTP Combined) respectively. The LEAF is priced from £25,995 including the government grant. The LEAF was the first mainstream, mass-marketed electric vehicle and remains the world's best-selling EV with over 500,000 registrations since its launch in December 2010.
The Nissan e-NV200 is the UK's best-selling all-electric van and is offered with a 40kWh battery delivering a maximum range of 187 miles in urban conditions (WLTP City). As a passenger variant it also offers seating for up to seven occupants. The e-NV200 is priced from £23,305 (excludes VAT, includes registration fee and government grant).
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