Nissan is in the final development phase of its second global EV, the e-NV200 compact van, which is scheduled for launch in 2014. The e-NV200 is based on Nissan’s multipurpose commercial van, the NV200, and uses the same powertrain as the LEAF. It has been undergoing real-world testing with several large commercial fleets since 2011, and Barcelona City Hall has made a “firm commitment” to implement the 100% electric e-NV200 as taxis in Barcelona.
“The e-NV200 will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditional diesel or gas-powered compact van, but with zero CO2 or other pollutant emissions at the point of use. What’s more, it will provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs. e-NV200 represents a bold and innovative addition to our commercial vehicle range, which is already one of the broadest of any manufacturer,” said Nissan VP Hideto Murakami.
Nissan’s is also developing another commercial EV: the e-NT400, which is a light truck based on the European NT400Cabstar, known as NT400 Atlas in Japan. The new vehicle also uses a LEAFy powertrain, and has an 80 kW electric motor, a cruising range of 87 miles and fully integrated DC fast charging.
“As well as e-NV200, Nissan is developing a number of vehicles that adapt a diverse range of EV technologies,” said Murakami. “We want to explore the potential of EV technology in the light commercial market to diversify the value that Nissan’s commercial vehicles provide to businesses.”