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Nissan wants e-NV200 to capture fleets sales from diesel vans in Europe

Diesel-powered delivery vans are popular among fleets in Europe due to their low running costs. Nissan is bent on capturing fleet sales from those diesel units with its e-NV200 electric delivery van. Nissan is presenting two main reasons why fleet managers should the switch -- e-NV200 boasts of better handling and lower running costs, according to Thomas Ebeling, Nissan general manager for product strategy and planning.

Compared with its conventional version – the NV200 -- the e-NV200 boasts of having a faster, smoother acceleration thanks to its 80-kilowatt electric motor. The e-NV200 also boasts of better handling since the battery placed in the subframe under its middle gives it a lower center of gravity, thereby enhancing stability and reducing body roll.

The wider-stance e-NV200 likewise is 40-percent less costly to operate than its diesel sibling, Ebeling said. He noted that most of the operating savings come from not having an engine to maintain. He said that while the e-NV200 is not for everyone, it is “a perfect solution for some people.”

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Nissan launches e-NV200 compact commercial van in Japan

Nissan has launched in Japan the Nissan e-NV200 compact commercial van, its second EV installation of four. The e-NV200 will be available for the Japanese public in October 2014, with prices ranging from JPY3.88 million ($37,900) to JPY4.79 million ($46,700).

The carmaker plans monthly sales of around 500 e-NV200s in Japan, where it is eligible for up to JPY850,000 ($8,295) in incentives. Nissan is building the e-NV200 at its Barcelona site in Spain and will start selling the compact commercial van this month in Europe.

The e-NV200 is essentially a NV200 van powered by the electric drivetrain of the Nissan Leaf. According to Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer, the e-NV200 is now on trial runs with fleet customers in the US and Canada, but there are still some issues with the range and charging infrastructure.

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Mock Nissan NV200 taxis trick NY commuters and cops

Nissan NV200 vans dressed up as yellow New York taxis to ferry visitors and VIPs city during the New York Auto Show looked so similar to the real thing that police officers wanted to issue their drivers some tickets. As snow and rain fell on Manhattan streets, a number of commuters caught glimpse of the mock taxis and hailed them, but to no avail.

Drivers of the Nissan NV200 taxis – which were also exhibited at the New York auto show -- had to keep apologizing to people hailing them, telling them that their units are not real taxis, so they can’t pick them up. The last straw came when one mock taxi driver declined to wait his turn in the taxi queues at the airport, compelling a policewoman to approach him.

Again, the driver had to tell that the Nissan NV200 van he was driving was not a real taxi. A court voided in October 2013 Nissan’s billion-dollar “Taxi of Tomorrow” contract with New York City, but that failed to deter Nissan to continue selling its cabs in the city. The carmaker’s officials believe taxi operators still want its NV200 taxi, which was designed to meet the New York’s contract requirements.

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Taxi Electric taps Nissan e-NV200 for its taxi fleet

Amsterdam-based Taxi Electric is adding the new 100-percent electric Nissan e-NV200 taxi to its zero-emission fleet, becoming the first private taxi company to do so. The combination of the Nissan LEAF EV and Taxi Electric's city transportation model has been a formula for success since the operation commenced in 2011.

The two companies have partnered again to build on the success of the operation and take the next step forward by introducing the Nissan e-NV200 taxi this summer. Taxi Electric operates a fleet of 25 Nissan LEAF EVs and was the first private taxi service to switch to a fleet of 100-percent electric taxis in November 2011.

Its Nissan LEAF fleet has now accumulated 1.5 million km in taxi operations, evidence of the EV’s high quality and reliability.  Andy Palmer, EVP Nissan, remarked that he has been impressed with Taxi Electric’s progress since their launch in 2011, saying that the company was the first to prove that zero-emission taxis -- in the form of Nissan LEAFs -- are a viable alternative.

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Nissan has unveiled the new face of its NV200 Taxi for London. Based on the multi-purpose NV200 platform, Nissan first unveiled the NV200 taxi in August 2012 as a bold and exciting new vision for the famous London Hackney Carriage. Following feedback from the London Mayor’s office, Transport for London and other key organizations, Nissan redesigned the taxi to better reflect the iconic black cab, making it instantly recognizable.

Nissan Design Europe (NDE) was tasked for developing and redesigning the NV200 Taxi for London, which will be launched in December 2014. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter petrol engine paired to an automatic transmission. Nissan plans to introduce a zero emission electric version of the NV200 taxi in 2015.

Nissan already has some history in London taxi market, with its 2.7-liter TD27 diesel engine powering the FX4 ‘Fairway’ and TX1 black cabs in the 1980s and '90s, gaining a reputation for reliability and durability. In developing the NV200 Taxi for London, Nissan made sure that the vehicle complies with the stringent regulations governing Hackney Carriages, like the required 25-foot (7.6-meter) turning circle.

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Nissan will roll out an electric version of the NV200 van – the e-NV200 – in Europe in 2014, as part of its strategy to offer zero- or low-emissions alternatives for its entire lineup to comply with the region's stringent emission rules. The e-NV200 rollout will be six years earlier than the proposed 2020 deadline, when fleet carbon dioxide emission for vans should be at max of 147 g/km, from the current 203g/km.

The e-NV200 will also help Nissan meet more stringent limits in European cities for smog-causing nitrogen oxides and particulates, a Nissan spokesman told Automotive News Europe.

Nissan is currently working with Barcelona, after signing a memorandum of understanding earlier this year for the carmaker to develop a taxi version of the e-NV200 for the city. In return, Barcelona will install a network of Nissan-designed electric charging stations around its vicinity.

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Despite a recent ruling by New York State Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler voiding Nissan Motor Co.'s exclusive taxi fleet provision contract with New York City, the sale of the carmaker's NV200 taxi version will still proceed, with some modifications.  While the ruling means that the other taxi cabs will continue to ply the streets of the city, it does not mean that Nissan cannot sell its NV200 van to individuals and fleet owners who opted to acquire them.

Queens-based Nissan dealer Howard Koeppel told Bloomberg News that they have already received their allocation of the NV200 van and have sold five units to individual operators. He said that the Nissan taxis are "good cars."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under his Taxi of Tomorrow initiative, envisions a uniform fleet of van-like yellow cabs with sliding doors and skylight windows. The city, through the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, has awarded the Japanese carmaker the contract to exclusively provide all taxis for the next 10 years.

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Nissan NV200 is on pace to achieve a sales milestone of 200,000 cumulative units by the end of the current fiscal year ending March 2014. Nissan is now selling the award-winning compact van in over 40 countries following recent introductions in the United States and South Africa. The Nissan NV200 features excellent cargo room as well as class-leading cost of ownership.

It also boasts of being maneuverable and drivable as well as having an attractive look. The Nissan NV200 is the base vehicle for New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow." The NV200 Vanette taxi also provides significant contribution to Japan’s barrier-free public transportation infrastructure, as it allows wheelchair users to get in and get off through the rear door with no impediments.

Nissan considers the NV200 as a key global growth vehicle as it bids to become the leading LCV maker in the world by the end of fiscal year ending March 2017.

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Nissan's senior product planner for the new compact NV200 commercial van wants the carmaker's Cuernavaca site in Mexico to step up production to keep with the high demand for the vehicle. Peter Bedrosian, NV200's senior product planner, remarked that dealers are selling the van as fast as the Mexican factory could produce them.

Bedrosian noted that they plan to increase the monthly output to 600 units from the current 400 vans, adding that the figure will keep going up to 1,000, and then 2,000.

Nissan started selling the compact NV200 commercial van in late March 2013. The NV200 van is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission, and features sliding doors on both sides of the body. It boasts of an EPA-rated fuel economy of 24 mpg city/25 highway/24 combined.

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General Motors and Nissan have signed an agreement for the Japanese carmaker to build a small cargo vehicle that the American company will market in the United States and Canada. The small cargo vehicle will be dubbed as Chevrolet City Express and will be based on the Nissan NV200.

GM will procure the Chevrolet City Express from Nissan and distribute it through its Chevrolet dealer network starting fall of 2014. Ed Peper, US vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales, remarked that the Chevrolet City Express will strengthen GM’s position with fleets and commercial customers, who have been asking the carmaker for an entry in the commercial small van segment.

Joe Castelli, Nissan vice president for commercial vehicles and fleet, remarked that working with partners to expand markets for its innovative products improves Nissan’s growth and manufacturing efficiency as it leverages the carmaker’s capacity to meet growing demand in the sector. Nissan currently sells the NV200 in several markets around the world, including the US and Canada.

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Nissan has unveiled a wheelchair-accessible NV200 Mobility NY Taxi at the ongoing 2013 New York International Auto Show. The wheelchair-accessible NV200 Mobility NY Taxi is considered a vital part of the carmaker’s "Taxi of Tomorrow" program. Nissan partnered with BraunAbility, an Indiana-based company specializing in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts, to create a Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi that features a rear-entry ramp and an industry-first integrated restraint system that allows a safe and quick securement of wheelchairs.

The Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 taxi, but offers mobility functionality.

To set the taxi’s mobility function into place, an operator just needs to flip down the second row seat back and then pull a release handle to tumble the seat forward.

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Nissan Motor Co. has unveiled the production version of the NV200 van at the ongoing Chicago Auto Show. Nissan is targeting the NV200 to compete against the pioneering small van in the United States, the Ford Transit Connect. Tom Smith, Nissan’s director of truck marketing, acknowledged that they have made Transit Connect as their benchmark for the NV200.

He quipped that they see that the Transit Connect is doing well in the US. He also mentioned the reasons why people are buying Ford’s small van. Smith remarked that like the Transit Connect, the NV200 has been on sale in Europe for years. He said that Nissan is bringing the NV200 to the US since they expect the small van market to continue growing as consumers become more concerned about fuel economy.

Ford currently faces very light competition in the front-wheel-drive compact cargo van segment in the US and is redesigning the Transit Connect for the 2014 model year.

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Making its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show was the Nissan NV200 compact cargo van. Nissan will start selling the smaller utility van in early 2013 after the full-size NV cargo van that arrives at dealerships this spring. Nissan had been trying to find a right-size van to present to the market. Nissan planned for this van, the NV200, to have a low entry point and a low cost of ownership.

Presently, the NV200 is available in 40 countries around the globe. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission had chosen a passenger version to be the Taxi of Tomorrow.

The van is powered with a DOHC, 2.0-liter engine that comes with Nissan's continuously variable transmission. The NV200 has 123 cubic feet of cargo space and it has a relatively small footprint that measures 186.2 inches long and 68.1 inches wide. For the U.S. market, its body was lengthened by almost eight inches and it has a payload rating of 1,500 pounds.

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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.

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At the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Design Expo on Nov. 1-5, the public could view an interactive display of the interior design for the Nissan NV200 Taxi, New York City’s exclusive ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’. Included in those who first previewed this design are several New York City officials such as Taxi & Limousine Commissioner David Yassky.

Joe Castelli, vice president, Nissan Fleet & Commercial Vehicles, said that in the last century, the taxis in New York have been famous throughout the world for their “ iconic exterior styling.”

Nissan asserted that with the NV200 Taxi, it offers an iconic design while enhancing the “comfort and safety of passengers and drivers.” Castelli added that Nissan is intent on keeping the taxi heritage of New York City while complying with the modern requirements of 600,000 passengers each day.

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