Utility Is Testing 28 of the Battery Electric Vehicles
In what’s being called the “UK’s largest ever electric commercial vehicle pilot,” British Gas, a provider of both gas and electricity, is conducting a winter trial of 28 all-electric Nissan e-NV200 vans. updated December 3
“British Gas is piloting 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans throughout winter to determine the future viability of 100% electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet,” states a release.
The nationwide tests are to run through April. Besides Nissan and British Gas, the program participants are Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College, which is located near Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England.
‘Total Cost of Ownership Modeling’
Hitachi is looking to generate “accurate total cost of ownership modeling to compare this technology with conventional the internal combustion engine drivetrain.” Gateshead has taken the lead in training British Gas drivers to be “fully able to exploit the Nissan e-NV200.”
“This trial, the largest of its kind in the UK, is a great opportunity for us to understand how the Nissan e-NV200 vans perform during the winter as we move towards our goal of having at least 10% of our fleet running on electricity by 2015,” British Gas fleet GM Colin Marriott says in his company’s announcement.
British Gas drivers, he said, have been provided with home charging units and will also use public charging infrastructure.
Next Year for e-NV200 Sales
“Our engineers will take the feedback of the British Gas drivers to ensure we launch a vehicle perfectly suited to British road and business conditions,” said Jim Wright, Nissan Great Britain GM.
“With an expected harsh winter ahead, the 28 Nissan e-NV200s will be delivering home services around the country whatever the weather, demonstrating how strongly the 100% electric van can perform for large fleets with challenging daily routines,” Wright said.
Nissan’s e-NV200 is to go on sale next year.
Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a subscription.
Source: British Gas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up