A greater number of people could be encouraged to try out green car leasing in the future following a trial of electric vehicles.
Nissan is currently carrying out a test drive of 14 of its 100 per cent electrical Leaf vehicles in the north-east of England.
The Swtich EV project began last year and this latest phase will involve the drivers using the five-seater car as their primary vehicle for the next six months.
At the end of that time they will report back with their experiences of using the environmentally-friendly motor.
Minister for business and enterprise Mark Prisk attended the ceremony when the participants were handed the keys to their new cars.
“The UK government has set a clear ambition of placing the country at the global forefront of low and ultra-low carbon vehicle development,” Mr Prisk said.
The Nissan Leaf has already impressed some sectors of the industry, as it was named car of the year 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
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