Nissan has presented the Nissan NV200 and the e-NV200 concept as Barcelona’s next generation taxi, paving the way for zero emission vehicles in Spain as well as boosting local production in the area for the automotive sector. The presentation of the new Barcelona NV200 taxi and of the future model for New York was attended by Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias and deputy mayor Antoni Vives.
It was also attended by Jordi Vila, Fleet and Commercial Vehicle general manager at Nissan Europe, and Francisco Sauco, Fleet and Commercial Vehicle manager at Nissan Iberia. The NV200, a new-generation compact van, is well-suited for a wide variety of uses for customers not only in Barcelona and New York, but also around the world.
Nissan first rolled out the NV200 in Japan and Europe in 2009, and has since made the model available in over 40 countries, including China, India, and Indonesia. The Japanese carmaker has so far sold over 135,000 units around the world.
The model is acclaimed for its spacious interior and best-in-class fuel economy, as well as excellent driving performance and attractive design – earning the NV200 the award for the International Van of the Year 2010. Nissan has also unveiled a concept form of the NV200, as a new vision for London's iconic ‘black cab.’
Both the Barcelona NV200 taxi and the concept for Nissan's London black cab are based on the NV200 model that is built at Nissan's Zona Franca plant in Barcelona. Both vehicles underscore Nissan’s commitment to its production facilities in the city as well as to its continued development and investment in advanced technologies and the development of new models.
With the launch of the Nissan e-NV200, the company remains the forerunner of the electric car segment. The model provides unmatched fine-tuning. It has an ultra-low running cost and zero emissions. Through these features, Nissan will be the pioneering car manufacturer to present a worldwide line-up of two all-electric vehicles. The other electric vehicle that goes along with the e-NV200 is the Nissan LEAF—the top selling EV worldwide.
e-NV200 merged the components of the LEAF and NV200. The latter won the International Van of the Year while the former was named World Car of the Year. The latest model will revolutionize commercial automobiles.
The latest model’s efficient drivetrain is based on that used in the LEAF. The drivetrain is joined to the class-leading cargo volume of the NV200. The two combined makes for a convenient and flexible car that can carry passengers or goods without producing noise pollution or exhaust emissions.
The new model will be out in the market in June. It will be sold as a five-seat people carrier in Combi, as a van or as more lavish Evalia guises. The key target market is the business sector. It is also suitable for private customers with huge families. The e-NV200's homologated NEDC range (170kms) is more than the average 100km daily driving distance of about half the fleets who utilize this class of van. The payload and cargo area is the same as the NV200’s.