Nissan has announced that the e-NV200 electric commercial vehicle will arrive in the Japanese market in 2014, with global sales to follow later on. The e-NV200 is Nissan’s second all-electric model available globally, following the Leaf. Production of the e-NV200 will begin at Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain in mid-2014.
Based on the NV200, the e-NV200 features the powertrain of the Nissan Leaf – an 80kW (107.2HP) synchronous motor that generates 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque with a lithium-ion battery providing the energy.
The company says its electric van has the lowest operating costs in the commercial vehicle segment without compromising the interior space, utility and practicality of conventional NV200 vans. The e-NV200 also provides functions that extend business potential, including a power supply function in the the luggage area for outdoor activities or emergency power, and the advanced telematics system.
Nissan and the government of Yokohama, the company’s hometown, are considering the use of the e-NV200 by the city for its public services vehicles as well as the establishment of a vehicle monitor user program that would be available to all city residents.
There are also similar plans to utilize the e-NV200 in Barcelona for smart transportation purposes, such as for taxis. For this, the Spanish city plans to install a quick charger network and dedicated EV parking areas to support the taxis. The e-NV200 will be on display at Nissan’s booth at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
By Dan Mihalascu