Beginning July 2011, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will conduct global proving tests on an electric vehicle (EV) that’s based on the compact commercial vehicle NV200. The first phase will have the Japan Post Service Co., Ltd. do the test in Japan commencing in July. This company is based in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and is headed by Shinichi Nabekura, its President and CEO.
For two months, the test vehicle will accomplish postal collection and delivery tasks in the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. This test will assess its capabilities when being used under the typical conditions of the customer.
Proving tests will follow in Japan and Europe at other companies. Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, who is responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, said that zero emissions vehicles could have a major role in finding the balance between economic growth and environmental protection in logistics.
He said that the customer feedback from these proving tests will be used for future product development. He is confident that the commercial electric vehicles, which are based on the NV200, will give the customers' business a boost and this will also lead to the “development of a sustainable society.”
Recently, the NV200 was picked out to be the next generation New York taxi. This next-generation compact commercial vehicle is designed for global customers for various purposes, whether business, leisure, or daily use.
The NV200 has been offered in Japan and Europe since FY2009. It has also been available in China and Singapore starting FY2010. It will be launched next in the U.S. and India. The NV200 is available in around 40 countries and has so far, gotten positive feedback from customers for its roomy interior, improved fuel economy, superb driving performance, and striking design.