When e-NV200 production begins it will become Nissan’s second zero-emission vehicle, but the company is already investigating further innovative ways of harnessing its world leading EV technology in the commercial vehicle market.
At the Hanover Motor Show, two new EV concepts show potential new applications for Nissan’s advanced lithium-ion batteries and electric drivetrain.
Like e-NV200, e-NT400 Cabstar Concept would be able to enter city areas denied to conventional vehicles powered by diesel or petrol engines, while its near silent running means it could operate around the clock as it creates no noise or emission nuisance.
Low running costs would make e-NT400 a breakthrough business proposition, while the high output, high capacity lithium-ion battery powering the 80kW electric motor gives smooth, vibration-free acceleration for a completely unprecedented driving experience.
With a cruising range of 140 kilometers (87 miles) in NEDC mode, and the availability of fully integrated Quick Charging potential – allowing the battery to be charged to 80 percent capacity in just 60 minutes – the e-NT400 Concept has the potential to make a serious contribution to lowering CO2 emission in cities. At the same time, it will increase productivity and lower running costs for operators.
The Cabstar e-Refrigerator uses a high efficiency electric compressor and lithium-ion battery power system not to drive the wheels but to power the vehicle’s chiller and refrigerator compartments, even when the vehicle’s engine is switched off.
The model’s core part, the battery module is developed by 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture owned by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd (51%) and Sumitomo Corporation (49%) established to consider new applications for EV lithium-ion batteries, both new and ‘second-life’ - once they have come to the end of their working life in an electric vehicle.
By using electric power to drive the refrigerated compartment rather than the vehicle’s own engine, CO2 emissions are cut. Another benefit is that refrigerant piping in the vehicle is no longer needed, reducing the risk of refrigerant gas leaks. In use, the battery pack is charged by a large solar panel mounted on the vehicle.
These two concept vehicles developed by Nissan engineering teams to meet specific European customer needs are still in development phase and plans for production are under study.
Hideto Murakami, Nissan Corporate Vice President responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, said: “As well as e-NV200, Nissan is developing a number of vehicles that adapt a diverse range of EV technologies. 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.”[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]