Nissan is out to prove itself as a global leader in zero-emission mobility by combining the best features of its two multi-award winning vehicles -- Nissan LEAF and Nissan NV200 – to create the Nissan e-NV200 concept panel van. Nissan gave the e-NV200 concept panel van its international debut at the ongoing 64th Hanover Motor Show 2012, giving the public a preview of what to expect when the production version is rolled out possibly next year.
The e-NV200 concept panel van boasts of a cutting-edge all-electric drivetrain based on the advanced laminated lithium-ion battery and electric motor that powers the Nissan LEAF. This provides the e-NV200 with a driving range and performance comparable to Nissan LEAF. This will allow drivers to recharge the battery of their e-NV200 panel vans to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes for a minimal downtime, owing to its Quick Charge capability.
The e-NV200’s all-electric drivetrain will also be much cheaper to operate with lower fuel costs and reduced regular maintenance. An operator of e-NV200 could use the power stored in the battery to run electric tools and equipment up to 6,000W. This means that an e-NV200 operator could transform a suitably equipped panel van into a mobile restaurant or a mobile workshop.
The vehicle’s compact batteries are placed under the load space floor, helping lower the e-NV200’s center of gravity. This also allows the e-NV200 maintains to have the same cargo capacity as the conventional NV200.
Despite its compact overall dimensions, e-NV200 leads its class by being able to carry a load volume of up to 4.2 cubic meters. The panel van’s two-meter cargo length allows it to carry 20 standard Euro boxes while its width allows the vehicle to easily manage crowded city roads. Nissan will commence the production of the e-NV200 panel van in its 2013 financial year.
Nissan designed the new e-NV200 Concept to share a good number of its drivetrain components with the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. For instance, the new e-NV200 Concept is powered by a highly responsive 80kW AC synchronous motor that could deliver 207 lb.-ft. (280 Nm) of instant torque, sans any harmful emissions from its tailpipe. Since all of this torque is available as soon as the driver presses the pedal, the new e-NV200 Concept offers responsive, dynamic and smooth acceleration. This electric motor gets its juice from a powerful lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules.
Just like the Nissan LEAF, the Japanese carmaker designed the Nissan e-NV200 Concept to offer a responsive and enjoyable drive that is also experience by those driving a conventionally powered vehicle. Just like Nissan LEAF but unlike conventionally powered vehicles, the new Nissan e-NV200 Concept is able to deliver outstanding fuel economy.
Aside from unveiling the Nissan e-NV200 Concept to the global public, Nissan – in collaboration with several delivery and other firms around the world -- is now conducting real-world testing of the prototype NV200-based EVs. For instance, the Japan Postal Service conducted initial trial of a prototype in summer 2011, using the unit for delivery and collection duties in Yokohama, Japan. FedEx has recently commenced testing of the prototype in London. Feedback from these companies should help the carmaker to ensure that its electric-powered light commercial vehicles are able to cater to customer demands.