Nissan will be supporting the sustainable ambitions of one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events by becoming Official Vehicle Supplier to the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, supporting the event by providing a number of e-NV200 electric vans for use as official lead vehicles.
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The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon is being held on Sunday October 4th. The impacts of COVID-19 mean that this year the elite races – Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair – take place in a biosphere environment on a closed loop course around St James’s Park, finishing on the iconic Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
“We are fully committed to reducing our environmental impact and leading the world in our event sustainability” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon. “Working with Nissan to use electric vehicles at the event minimises the carbon output from our vehicle operations and helps provide our elite athletes with the optimal conditions to perform at their very best.”
Some of the best marathoners of all time including Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele, Brigid Kosgei, Manuela Schär and David Weir, will be competing in the elite races. Sir Mo Farah will also run as a pacemaker for British hopefuls attempting secure a qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
A virtual version of The 40th Race will see 45,000 runners from across the UK and the world run the Virgin Money London Marathon their way. Participants will have 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds (from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST) to complete the 26.2 miles, which they can choose to run, walk or jog – making the event the most inclusive London Marathon ever.
The e-NV200 is a 100 percent electric van that is equipped with the same 40kWh battery as the New Nissan LEAF. It has a maximum range of 187 miles in city conditions and has multiple charging modes. It has a load space of 4.2 cubic metres and was specifically designed for business use.