Nissan has presented the Nissan NV200 and the e-NV200 concept as the city’s next generation taxi, leading the way for zero emission vehicles in Spain and providing a further boost to local production in Barcelona for the automotive sector.
Following an investment of €100 million, creating more than 700 new jobs, the e-NV200 will be built at Nissan’s Zona Franca plant in Barcelona from late 2013 and exported across the world.
The 100% electric e-NV200 is part of Nissan’s zero emissions sustainable mobility plan and the company is today a leader and pioneer in the introduction of zero emissions mobility. Nissan has long led this sector, having produced the Nissan LEAF – the first 100% electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market – which is now the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 43,000 units on the road.
Nissan’s leadership in electric vehicles reinforces Barcelona City Council’s strategy to promote sustainable mobility in the city and the metropolitan area and to make electric vehicles a major driver of economic development and competitiveness. It also reinforces the strong automobile industrial tradition in the Barcelona area of driving technological innovation and the development of mobility.
The city is also making a significant commitment to deploy charging infrastructure, with over 250 public points distributed around the city, to ensure that the area is ready when citizens move towards sustainable zero emissions mobility. This market will be enhanced with the celebration in 2013 of the Electric Vehicle Symposium, the world congress industry benchmark.
Since May 2012, Nissan has delivered 400 quick chargers for electric cars to various operators in Europe. These units have been developed by Nissan, meet CHAdeMO standards, and have been reduced in size and price by a half. A total of 42 units are to be installed in Spain with the first having been installed in Vitoria in the Basque Country. Nissan’s goal is to use these new and strategically-sited quick charging points to create the embryo of a future national quick charging network, extending the range and flexibility of use of electric vehicles.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]