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2014-03-06

Nissan Launch the e-NV200 Electric Van @ Geneva


Nissan is introducing the Nissan e-NV200, which brings unprecedented refinement, with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs to the compact van segment With this entry, Nissan will have two all-electric vehicles in its global line-up, joining the Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling EV, far behind Renault which had already four electric cars on the market.
Combining the best elements of two multi-award winning vehicles - Nissan LEAF and Nissan NV200, past World Car of the Year and International Van of the Year respectively - e-NV200 is ready to change the face of light commercial vehicles forever.
The e-NV200's high performance pure electric drivetrain, based on that used in the acclaimed Nissan LEAF, is allied to the class-leading cargo volume of the NV200, as Renault Kangoo, to create a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods while producing neither exhaust emissions nor noise pollution.
When sales start in June, e-NV200 will be available as a van or as a five-seat people carrier in Combi or more luxurious Evalia guises. Although mainly targeted at businesses, e-NV200 will also appeal to private users with large families. The e-NV200's homologated NEDC range (170kms) is greater than the average 100km daily driving distance of over half the fleets who utilise this class of van and the payload and cargo area is the same as NV200's.
The battery can be recharged overnight using a domestic 16-amp single-phase 3.3 kW supply which reduces to four hours if a 6.6kW/32-amp supply is used. A dedicated CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick charger can recharge the battery from 0-80 percent in just 30 minutes or less if the battery is already partially charged. More than 1000 public CHAdeMO quick chargers are now installed across Europe, in addition a number of companies have installed their own dedicated quick charging facilities at their home depots or offices.
Although based on existing hardware, e-NV200 has undergone a full engineering development programme as if it were new from the ground up. The drivetrain has been re-engineered in a number of significant areas to suit its new role, while changes have been made to the vehicle shell to ensure there has been no compromise to NV200's cargo space.
The LCV version still has a cargo volume of 4.2m3 and can carry two standard Euro pallets, while sliding side doors on both sides and wide opening rear doors ensure that loading and unloading is as easy as possible.
A comprehensive ‘real-world' test programme has been undertaken in Japan and Europe with pre-production models handed over to internationally known companies - including FedEx, Coca-Cola, DHL, IKEA, British Gas and the Japan Post Office - to operate as part of their everyday fleets. Feedback from drivers and fleet managers has been used to fine tune e-NV200 before series production began at Nissan's major LCV facility in Barcelona, Spain.
As the electric Kangoo of Renault, the Nissan's allied, e-NV200 will genuinely change the make-up of light van and taxi fleets as well as changing the environment in the heart of our cities.

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