Nissan has combined the performance of the LEAF EV with the cargo capacity of the NV200 in the e-NV200 Concept. This all-electric concept van was showcased at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The e-NV200 Concept builds on the momentum of the aforementioned models while diversifying Nissan’s demographic portfolio. Families, small businesses and government agencies around the world could use the e-NV200 for their daily transportation needs. Nissan has conducted road tests of the e-NV200 over the past six months with the Japan Post Service. The result is a concept van ready for the market in the near future.
The Nissan e-NV200 starts with the low body profile and design features of the NV200 currently on the market. Nissan has won acclaim for the NV200 body from organizations like Universal Design GMbH, providing a solid base for the all-electric version. This commitment to the NV200 form allows Nissan to offer corporate clients different drive options without sacrificing cargo space. The e-NV200 uses a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery and 80kW AC motor similar to those components used in the LEAF EV.
Street testing of all-electric versions of the NV200 began this past summer throughout Japan. The Japan Post Service used the Nissan e-NV200 primarily in Yokohama for parcel delivery as well as letter collection. Nissan is currently assessing the Japan Post trial results as they prepare production versions of the e-NV200. The e-NV200 is currently undergoing further testing with FedEx drivers in London this month. These tests should demonstrate the vehicle’s ability to handle commercial requirements in a variety of weather and traffic conditions.
The popularity of the NV200 and LEAF EV should boost long-term sales prospects of the E-NV200. The NV200 is sold in 40 countries around the world with production facilities in Japan, Europe and China. New York City has brought the Nissan NV200 into the spotlight by designating the model as the primary cab for local taxi companies. This designation means that the NV200 will carry more than 600,000 passengers per day. The Nissan LEAF EV has achieved a higher profile due to the automaker’s aggressive marketing strategy in North America. Nissan hopes that the connective thread between these three models will increase market share around the world.