Nissan to build the e-NV200 electric compact van in Spain

Article by Christian A., on May 27, 2012

Nissan revealed that its plant in Barcelona will start to produce the e-NV200, a 100% electric compact van, in the 2013 Financial Year. This new model will be a vital entry to its lineup of light commercial vehicles (LCV's) around the world. The current heavily-awarded NV200 is built at the plant and will be used as the base for the new model.

The e-NV200 is expected to be the No. 2 all-electric vehicle after Nissan had launched the Nissan LEAF in 2010, emphasizing Nissan’s longer-term commitment to zero emission mobility. Nissan has invested €100 million in Spain for this new model. It is likely to form about 700 new jobs at the plant and across its local supplier base. The Barcelona plant will be the only one to produce the e-NV200.

These vehicles will be supplied to markets around the world to cite the rising competitiveness of Nissan's Spanish industrial operations. Last week, Nissan's Avila Plant in central Spain was given the task of producing a new medium duty truck.

What e-NV200 offers for both businesses and families are a functional and spacious interior space and the groundbreaking and useful features of the existing NV200 lineup in combination with the most sophisticated powertrain parts of the Nissan LEAF.

This would provide a driving range comparable to the Nissan LEAF on a single charge and similar performance, together with the best in class running and maintenance costs.

According to Andy Palmer, Nissan Executive Vice President, the e-NV200 stands for a “genuine breakthrough in commercial vehicles.” He also said that it is proof of Nissan’s leading status in the electric vehicle segment.

This new model will be as spacious, versatile, and practical as a traditionally powered compact van. However, it will have zero CO2 emissions at the point of use as well as offer excellent driving experience that only EVs provide. He explained that the fact that the E-NV200 offers “class-leading running and maintenance costs” means that it would appeal to businesses as well as families.

Nissan is continuing its pioneering electric vehicle range by introducing the Nissan e-NV200, a model that has unparalleled elegance, with no emissions and amazingly low operating costs, into the compact van arena. With this new entry joining the global best seller EV, the Leaf, Nissan will become the first automotive manufacturer with two all-electric vehicles in its worldwide line-up.

Taking from the best parts of two award winners, the Nissan LEAF (World Car of the Year) and the Nissan NV200 (International Van of the Year), the e-NV200 is set to alter how people look at light commercial vehicles from now on.

High performing with a fully electric drivetrain, the e-NV200’s power is based on what the applauded Nissan LEAF uses, and it is matched to the NV200’s best in class cargo size to produce a useful and adaptable vehicle that can carry people or goods, or both, but without creating exhaust emissions or noise pollution.

The e-NV200 goes on sale starting in June and will come as either a van or a five-person seated carrier in Combi or the more opulent Evalia variations. Although they are mostly aimed for business use, the e-NV200 should be appealing to private customers who have larger families. The e-NV200's approved NEDC range (170 km) is more than the typical 100 km every day driving distance of more than half the fleets using this type of van with a cargo and payload area that is equal to the NV200.

You can recharge the battery overnight with a household 16 amp 3.3 kW single-phase supply that can be reduced to four hours when using a 6.6 kW / 32-amp supply. A specific CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick recharger can charge the battery from 0 to 80% in no more than 30 minutes as long as it is partly charged. Across Europe, there are more than 1,000 publicly available CHAdeMO quick chargers. It also helps that several companies have their own installed dedicated quick charge accommodations.

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