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.