The Nissan e-NV200 Concept is the proof that the Japanese manufacturer is trying to become a leader of the zero-emission automotive industry. Unveiled today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the new e-NV200 Concept is based on the popular NV200 multi-usage vehicle and previews a near-future production version of a full electric vehicle designed to provide businesses or families with flexible, roomy interior space, while achieving a dramatic CO2 footprint reduction.
Just like the Nissan Leaf, the new e-NV200 Concept features the same central charging port door, the blue–accented Nissan badge, and sweeping headlights with LED illuminated accents. Moreover, the same Leaf Aqua Blue color is found on the new concept. Inside, the vehicle features blue colored accents and bright interior color palette but also advanced telematics and a flat C-cluster display that resembles and responds to user input like a tablet computer.
As expected, the Nissan e-NV200 Concept shares its major drivetrain components with the innovative Nissan Leaf. This means that the power is supplied by a ithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 207 lb-ft (280 N-m/rpm) of torque.
On top of the worldwide launch of the Nissan e-NV200 concept, the Japanese carmaker is currently evaluating the NV200-based electric vehicles prototype that underwent initial trial in the summer of 2011.
Japan Post Service used the concept car to deliver and collect parcels in Yokohama in Japan. The results of these evaluations would give Nissan real life feedback from companies in several markets around the world, helping the carmaker to come up with a better battery-powered commercial vehicle that would be perfect for the companies that would need them. More tests are lined up in London, this time partnering with FedEX.
"Taxi of Tomorrow"
The Nissan NV200 takes its global tag seriously as it is made in Japan, China and Europe. The vehicle is now available in 40 countries and launches in India and North America are currently being planned.
NV200 will take on its most visible run beginning the latter part of 2013, as New York City would use the NV200 for its yellow cabs, which are used by around 600,000 passengers daily.
Nissan's NV200 was selected among other vehicles from similarly global manufacturer because of its compact exterior and spacious interior in the Taxi of Tomorrow competition. The Nissan NV200 Taxi design is the result of inputs from hundreds of taxi drivers and owners, as well as passengers who also shared their ideas with the carmaker's engineers and designers.
Some of the planned NV200 Taxi features include the roomy luggage area, sliding doors that have grab handles and entry step for easy exit and entry into the passenger cabin, rear seat air conditioning and heat that the passenger can control, Grape Polyphenol filter to help keep the air quality up to par, eco-friendly seat upholstery, improved materials used in the interior to make the cabin smell fresh and easy to clean.