Nissan releases first sketch of its upcoming commercial electric vehicle

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Nissan has released a concept sketch of its small electric van for commercial clients. Nissan's next EV is based heavily off its new NV200 van. This plan actually began to take form a few years ago.

The Japanese manufacturer had shown an interest in applying its EV technology across its portfolio, including commercial vehicles. Nissan says that this EV van would allow paramedics, taxi drivers, and delivery services to enter urban areas where emissions are restricted.

From this sketch, it's notable that Nissan's EV van will be an electrified version of its NV200 compact van that had been launched in Europe and Asia last year. The NV200 rides upon Nissan's B-platform, which is similar to the architecture used for the firm's new 2011 Leaf electric hatchback.

Exterior Design

Nissan once more proved its ability to come up with impressive concepts utilizing both new and existing technology. With the Nissan e-NV200 Concept, the car maker merged concepts from the body of the award-winning NV200 production model and the Nissan LEAF EV, its first electric vehicle. The NV200 gained popularity after it won Nissan the International Van of the Year award in 2010.

In 2011, the vehicle also garnered another award in the form of the Universal Design Award. The latter award is sponsored by Universal Design GMbH, which engages in providing recognition for designs and concepts that are innovative but also responsive to customer’s needs. It also won a CDV of Year Award in 2010 from a Chinese award-giving body.

Although an amalgam of two models, the Nissan e-NV200 features aesthetics that it can call its own. Located right in front where people can see it is the port door for the car’s charging mechanism. The accents in the distinctive headlights are emphasized with the use of bright LED bulbs. Of course, you couldn’t miss the Nissan badge out front with the blue accents in it.

In line with the car’s promised performance and visual character, almost everything in the exterior is designed to be large – from the front windows, the rear greenhouse and glass roof panels. As it is based on Nissan’s award-winning electric vehicle, the e-NV200 takes on an Aqua Blue finish to emphasize its environmentally friendly premise.

Open the door and see the blue-accented and brightly designed interior of the Nissan e-NV200. EV meters are also in full use here. As for technology features, a flat C-cluster display dominates the panels. The system employs advanced telematics as well, and can be interacted with using the C-cluster display like a tablet.

In fact, as Yuichi Murakami summarized, it is but a more modern and active version of the EV look that has been pioneered by the Nissan LEAF. It boasts of offering functionality, convenience, comfort, user-friendliness and that iconic EV environment.

Press Release


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, has released a concept sketch of a light commercial electric vehicle based on the newly launched NV200.

The low-cost multi-purpose vehicle would allow ambulance drivers to drive directly into the hospital or van and taxi drivers to enter urban areas where CO2 emissions are restricted. The van is one of four electric vehicles Nissan has announced for the future. At the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, said LEAF – the world's first mass market affordable EV – will be launched in Japan and the US in late 2010, Europe in 2011 with global mass-marketing efforts to begin in 2012.

At the show, Ghosn also announced plans to release a four-seater Infiniti electric compact car, as well as LandGlider, a totally new concept which combines the best of two- and four-wheel vehicles.

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