Promises ‘A Breakthrough Type of Mobility for Entrepreneurs,’
Already Claims Positive Comments from Large Commercial Fleets
Nissan says it’s in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van. The e-NV200 follows Nissan’s battery electric Leaf passenger sedan, and employs similar drive technology.
“Electric vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications, and this vehicle is envisaged for use as a delivery van that offers a breakthrough type of mobility for entrepreneurs, featuring efficiency and green consciousness,” Nissan says.
The e-NV200 is the battery electric version of the gasoline-fueled NV200 van. The passenger version of the NV200 is perhaps best known as the “Taxi of Tomorrow” for New York City and possible other urban areas (F&F, July 9).
Europe to Start, with Production in Spain
The electric version “offers all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of its base vehicle,” Nissan says.
“eNV200 production begins in March from our plant in Barcelona,” says commercial vehicles VP Joe Castelli.
“At this time the vehicle is approved for several European markets but nothing in North America. We’re studying the feasibility,” he told F&F, and “cost structure.”
Nissan says it’s been working with several large commercial fleets in global markets since 2011 to understand how the e-NV200 performs under real operating conditions. “Feedback will help Nissan adapt future battery-powered light commercial vehicles to better fulfill exacting customer requirements.”
The e-NT400 Too
“We want to explore the potential of EV technology in the light commercial market to diversify the value that Nissan’s commercial vehicles provide to businesses,” Nissan global light commercial vehicles VP Hideto Murakami said in a release.
Nissan says it is “already investigating further innovative ways of harnessing its world-leading EV technology in the commercial vehicle market with the e-NT400, which is a light truck based on the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan.”
The e-NT400 would also use the Lead running gear, Nissan says. And like the e-NV200, it would be able to enter city areas restricted to quiet, emission-free vehicles.
“Low running costs would make e-NT400 a breakthrough business proposition,” Nissan says. The e-NT400 would have a high output, high capacity lithium-ion battery powering an 80-kilowatt electric motor. Single-charge range is stated at 87 miles (140 kilometers).
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Source: Nissan with Fleets & Fuels follow-up