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Home » Green Commercial Vehicles » Van News
Electric Nissan e-NV200 van nears mass production

03 October 2012

"Electric Nissan e-NV200 vans"

Combining the best of two multi-award winning vehicles - Nissan LEAF and Nissan NV200 - the innovative Nissan e-NV200 is set to cement the company's position as the global leader in zero-emission mobility when production starts in 2013 financial year.
  Although still officially a concept vehicle, the e-NV200 panel van being given its world premiere at the Hanover Motor Show gives a clear indication of the distinctive style and, more significantly, the technical make-up of the final production vehicle.

Its sophisticated all-electric drivetrain is based on the advanced laminated lithium-ion battery and electric motor that powers Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric vehicle in history.

As well as delivering a range and performance  comparable to Nissan LEAF, it means e-NV200 operators will be able to recharge the battery of their vans to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes thanks to its Quick Charge capability, thus ensuring minimal down time - vital for a working vehicle. It will also be much cheaper to operate with lower fuel costs and reduced regular maintenance.

What's more, e-NV200 will be able to harness the energy stored in its battery to power electric tools and equipment up to 6,000W... a suitably equipped e-NV200 could, for example, become a mobile restaurant at outdoor events, a mobile workshop, etc.

Thanks to clever packaging of the compact batteries under the load space floor - a location that also helps to lower the vehicle's centre of gravity - e-NV200 maintains exactly the same carrying capacity as the conventional NV200.

"The production e-NV200 will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditionally-powered compact van, but with zero tailpipe emissions, near silent running and class-leading running costs," he added.

Its complete lack of emissions and low noise means it could be used for deliveries in central city locations - even inside shopping malls - and around the clock.

Thanks to having far fewer moving parts, a further benefit is the greatly reduced need for regular maintenance.

From the front, e-NV200 is distinctly different to the regular NV200, the design giving a clear EV family resemblance to Nissan LEAF with the charging point door at the front of the vehicle. Its badges will be blue accented while e-NV200's ‘EV' face will be bracketed by LED running lights.

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