Portland General Electric Gets the Battery Van for Six Weeks
Nissan is continuing to test the U.S. waters for its e-NV200 battery electric commercial vehicle, reporting work with Oregon’s Portland General Electric for a six-week trial of the 122-cubic-foot compact van.
PGE has assigned the e-NV200 with an underground crew, Nissan says, “replacing a larger, diesel-powered van.”
“Oregon has been a top five market for Nissan Leaf sales in the U.S. due to proactive policies at the state level to encourage EV adoption, as well as robust charging infrastructure championed by the state and others like PGE,” Nissan U.S. EV marketing director Toby Perry said in a release.
“If we determine that e-NV200 fits into the U.S. commercial vehicle market, we expect that Portland would be a leading driver for sales as well,” he said.
Europe This Summer, Later This Year for Japan
“EVs have already demonstrated their value as a sustainable choice for personal use, and fleet electrification is the logical next step,” PGE business development director Charlie Allcock says in the Nissan release.
“We’re excited to see firsthand the impact the e-NV200 can have on our own fleet and to help other companies understand the potential it represents for them.”
Nissan early this year disclosed trials of an e-NV200 with FedEx Express (F&F, January 26).
The Nissan e-NV200 goes on sale this summer in Europe and later this year in Japan.
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Source: Nissan USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up