Sporting a similar 80kW AC synchronous motor and drivetrain as the Nissan Leaf, the Nissan e-NV200 will go on sale in Europe in June of this year. Using 48 power modules, the same as the Nissan Leaf, the Nissan e-NV200 packages the modules differently so they can fit flay under the cargo floor. The cargo area and payload capacity is the same as the regular NV200.
“The e-NV200 goes into a totally different market segment to the Nissan LEAF and alongside the world’s best selling electric vehicle will help us continue to lead the EV revolution. To do that we haven’t simply converted the NV200 to electric, we have thoroughly re-engineered to create a product that isn’t just a good electric van, it is a fantastic van by any standards,” said Guillaume Carter, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Nissan Europe.
Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, Jean-Pierre Diernaz is excited by what the e-NV200 brings to the range, commenting: “The proven and highly effective electric powertrain driving e-NV200 is ideally suited to the typical stop/start daily routine of a working vehicle. With no exhaust or noise pollution, e-NV200 is environmentally and people friendly, while the lack of fatigue-inducing noise and vibration from the drivetrain coupled with the single-speed transmission will provide genuine benefits to every hard working delivery or taxi driver. Fleet operators, meanwhile, will love the low running costs.”
Like the Nissan Leaf, the Nissan e-NV200 can recharge overnight using a regular/standard home supply (as in: 16-amp/110W/120W) or it can use the CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick charger. The CHAdeMO can recharge the battery from zero to 80 percent in around 30 minutes (or less if the Nissan e-NV200’s battery is partially charged). The e-NV200’s NEDC range, 170kms (about 105 miles) is greater than the average 100km (about 62 miles) daily driving distance of over half the fleets who utilize cargo-vans like the regular NV200.
Keep in mind: these numbers and the sale date are for Europe only. The United States is slated to get the Nissan e-NV200 shortly thereafter. The question is: will Americans embrace an all-electric van like the Nissan e-NV200? Time will tell, but if the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model-S are any indication – people in North America are beginning to warm up to electric mobility.
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