The Nissan LEAFs being used to take tourists on an ‘electric safari’

Posted on February 18, 2013 by in Latest News, News

Electric safari

On safari: An all-electric Nissan LEAF is put through its paces

AN AWARD-winning Devon guesthouse is using the Nissan LEAF to offer tourists an exciting ‘electric safari’ through the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.

Upcott House in Okehampton uses its pair of 100 per cent electric LEAFs to offer guided tours through the stunning area which provided the backdrop for much of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning movie War Horse.

The model’s near-silent electric motor makes it the perfect choice to take in the jaw-dropping Dartmoor scenery without shattering its natural tranquillity.

It also makes it easy to get an up-close view of the world-famous Dartmoor ponies without causing them any alarm or distress.

Upcott House Proprietor, Kay Bickley, said: ‘So many of our guests come to us to enjoy the stunning Dartmoor scenery and so using the LEAF to give them a sarafi-style experience seemed like the perfect idea.

‘We already had two LEAFs and so we knew first-hand how the model’s near-silent running made driving through the park even more pleasurable.

‘Now our guests are able to enjoy the same wonderful experience.’

Kay, who has also installed a public electric vehicle charging point at eco-friendly Upcott House, added: ‘So far our electric safaris have proved a big hit with our guests.

‘They love being able to enjoy the scenery without the engine noise and also really appreciate knowing they’re not harming the environment they’ve come to admire.’

A spacious and generously-equipped family hatchback, the Nissan LEAF was named World and European Car of the Year in 2011 and is the world’s best-selling 100 per cent electric car.

Exempt from road tax

Capable of travelling up to 109 miles on a single charge, which could cost as little as £2.03 on an overnight electricity tariff, the LEAF’s battery-powered motor means it’s completely exempt from road tax.

Upcott House’s LEAFs were supplied by JFE Nissan Exeter on the Marsh Barton Trading Estate.

JFE Sales Manager, Matthew Holcombe, said: ‘I’ve never heard of a LEAF being used for anything like this before but it makes perfect sense.

‘The LEAF’s a really comfortable car in which to do a bit of sightseeing and the fact it’s so quiet and cheap to run makes it the ideal vehicle for the electric safari.’

For more details about Upcott House or its electric safaris of Dartmoor, please visit For more info about the Nissan LEAF contact JFE Nissan Exeter on 0844 8464252.

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