Nissan made a special delivery at the Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover, Germany, this week: a special concept version of the battery-electric e-NV200 panel van that it’s been testing with FedEx since late last year.
The Japanese automaker, whose EV e-NV200 has the same 24-kWh battery and 80-kW motor as the Nissan Leaf, started testing the vehicle with FedEx in London last December and expanded that effort to Yokohama, Japan, this past summer.
Nissan plans to roll out zero emission technologies into its LCV line-up. The e-NV200 will be the second of four electric vehicles (EV) announced by Nissan to reach mass production, underlining Nissan’s leadership in the EV segment. The e-NV200 combines the advanced powertrain of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF with all the spaciousness, versatility, and practicality of the base vehicle-the NV200 multi-purpose compact van.
The e-NV200 will provide exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness (driving characteristics are unique to electric vehicles) while keeping CO2 emissions zero at the point of use. Additionally, the model will be unique in offering new features, such as quick charging, and an innovative power outlet that enables the driver to plug in any electric device and work anywhere. Its advanced telematics system, combined with class-leading cargo volume in a compact body, will help the e-NV200 strive to reach its goal to become the industry benchmark. Additionally, the model’s enviable running costs – a priority for many companies – offer additional energy cost savings compared to fuel cost and lower maintenance costs.
With zero emissions, no tailpipe, and energy-recycling regenerative braking, e-NV200 will be particularly well-suited for urban environments. Regenerative braking affords the advantage of reclaiming energy in the start and stop of city traffic, reducing the wasteful loss of energy and increasing the efficiency of the vehicle’s driveline. Battery charging options include a complete recharge overnight or up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes using a Quick Charger.