Nissan has been lending the e-NV200 to companies like FedEx and Coca-Cola to get feedback about the emissions-free delivery van as a delivery vehicle before it starts selling in late 2013 or early 2014. Nissan said that the all electric cargo van sent to Coca-Cola Central Japan Co., Ltd., will be used as a regional sales vehicle in Yokohama.
The van will be charged overnights to test if one night of charging is enough for daily use. The e-NV200 uses the all-electric powertrain found in the Nissan Leaf. This powertrain is then used on Nissan’s NV200 utility vehicle. Nissan will retrieve the companies’ comments about the e-NV200 so that it could still make modifications before it goes on sale.
"Providing a large, multi-functional interior space to both business and private users, the e-NV200 commercial EV will deliver innovation in the commercial vehicle market and further Nissan’s leadership in the EV market. Combining the advanced powertrain of the Nissan LEAF with the innovative and practical NV200 base vehicle will not only deliver zero CO2 emissions, but also superior acceleration and quietness. In addition, e-NV200 has class-leading levels of operating costs, one of the most critical factors for businesses using commercial vehicles." said the press release.
The launch of the new Nissan e-NV200 is a testament to the carmaker’s continuing role as one of the pioneers in the electric vehicle sector. This new zero emission compact van should allow Nissan to become the first carmaker to feature two 100-percent EVs – including the Nissan Leaf – in its global lineup.
New Nissan e-NV200 is essentially a fusion of elements from the World Car of the Year (Nissan Leaf) and International Van of the Year (Nissan NV200). With its newly found strengths and qualities, the new e-NV200 is set to change the landscape of light commercial vehicles. One of these strengths is its high performance electric drivetrain that has been proven to be credible and suitable in the Nissan Leaf. The new e-NV200 also boasts top-of-the-class cargo capacity, making it practical enough to accommodate both passengers and cargo without having to emit harmful pollutants or generating unsettling noise.
Nissan is set to commence sales of the new e-NV200 in June either a van or as a five-seat people carrier in Combi or Evalia versions. The Japanese carmaker primarily created the e-NV200 to commercial customers, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be appealing to retail buyers with large families. As homologated, the new e-NV200 could travel as far as 170 km in a single charge (as per NEDC), which is farther than the 100 km of average daily driving distance of more than 50 percent of fleet using the same type of van.
Charging could be done overnight through a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3-kW supply. Interestingly, using a 32-amp 6.6kW supply would cut the charging time to just four hours. Thanks to a dedicated CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick charger, the battery could be recharged to 80 percent of energy capacity in just 30 minutes or less, if the battery has been partially charged. To make EVs more appealing, over a thousand public CHAdeMO quick chargers could be found across Europe, with companies installing their own dedicated quick charging facilities.