The company has been working with several large commercial fleets in global markets since 2011 to understand how the e-NV200 test car performs under real operating conditions.
So far the e-NV200 has received positive comments for its quiet, comfortable driving with no emissions and low noise, CO2 reduction, and generous carrying capacity.
The 100% electric compact van, e-NV200, is scheduled for launch in 2014. As Nissan’s second global electric vehicle, it follows Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable 100% EV for the mass market.
The model offers all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of its base vehicle, the multipurpose commercial van NV200. The e-NV200 provides exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness, driving characteristics that are unique to EVs, while emitting no CO2 emissions at the point of use. e-NV200 displays great potential for businesses, with its advanced telematics system and power-supply function in the cargo compartment. Also, the model’s enviable running cost – a priority for most companies – will be highly attractive when competing in the commercial vehicle marketplace.
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.”
Nissan has been carrying out field tests since 2011 for the 100% electric e-NV200 with many major corporations. Nissan has already road tested the e-NV200 with several other major companies, including AEON Retail Co., Ltd., Tochigi Prefecture, FedEx Express, DHL and the City of Saitama in Japan, and British Gas and FedexExpress in Europe, while recently in Singapore, FedEx Express participated in tests as part of the company’s comprehensive global field testing program.