Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is providing Coca-Cola with the e-NV200, a commercial vehicle that’s 100% electric, for field testing starting in mid-November.
Coca-Cola’s regional organization, Coca-Cola Central Japan Co., Ltd., will use Nissan’s multipurpose commercial van as regional sales vehicle in Yokohama, evaluating its performance and practical usability against conventional internal-combustion engine vehicles.
The van will be recharged only at night when electricity consumption is low. The test will determine if the nightly charge is sufficient to meet user needs during the day. Overall, Nissan is looking for feedback as to e-NV200’s suitability for commercial use.
Nissan has already road tested the e-NV200 this year with several other major companies, including AEON Retail Co., Ltd. and FedEx Express in Japan, and British Gas and FedexExpressin Europe.
Nissan is using the feedback from the field testing to refine and enhance the final development of e-NV200, scheduled to launch by fiscal year 2014. The commercial vehicle will be Nissan’s second mass-produced 100% EV. It follows Nissan LEAF, the world’s first globally produced EV for the consumer market.
Providing a large, multi-functional interior space to both business and private users, the e-NV200 commercial EV will deliver innovation in the commercial vehicle market and further Nissan’s leadership in the EV market. Combining the advanced powertrain of the Nissan LEAF with the innovative and practical NV200 base vehicle will not only deliver zero CO2 emissions, but also superior acceleration and quietness. In addition, e-NV200 has class-leading levels of operating costs, one of the most critical factors for businesses using commercial vehicles.